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Monday, October 17, 2011

Word of The Day - Euthanize from "" compiled by Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber

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euthanize (YOO-thuh-nyz) verb tr.

Ending life for humane reasons, such as to avoid pain from an incurable condition.

[Back-formation from euthanasia (mercy killing), from Greek eu- (good) +thanatos (death). Earliest documented use: 1931.

A related word is

thanatophobia (an abnormal fear of death) .]

"A terminally sick humpback whale that became stranded on a beach in Western Australia two weeks ago was euthanized Thursday with an explosive charge."

Stranded, Sick Whale Euthanized With Explosives; Associated Press

(New York); Sep 3, 2010.

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