Sinonimi: mercy killing
ETYM New Lat., from Greek; eu well + thanatos death: cf. French euthanasie.
In medicine, mercy killing of someone with a severe and incurable condition or illness. The Netherlands legalized voluntary euthanasia 1983, but is the only country to have done so. Approximately 2,700 patients there formally request euthanasia each year.
A bill legalizing voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients was passed by Australia's Northern Territory state legislature May 1995.
Compulsory euthanasia is not legal in the Netherlands. It officially counts as murder and carries a 12-year prison sentence.
A patient's right to refuse life-prolonging treatment is recognized in several countries, including the UK.
The act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness); SYN. mercy killing.