Euthanasia: The Moral Issues

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Glossary
Amniocentesis: taking a test sample of the fluid that surrounds the fetus
Apnea: transient cessation of breathing
A priori: logically prior to or independent of sense experience
Benemortasia: good death
Cachectic: state of extreme ill health characterized by malnutrition, anemia, and weakness
Carbon dioxide narcosis: stupor or insensibility produced by excessive carbon dioxide
Cellular-pathogenic process: a process giving origin to disease in the cells
Curare: drug used to paralyze muscles during surgery
Cytotoxic: poisonous to cells
Decubitus: posture of a patient who has been lying in bed for an extended period
Discerebrate condition: disruption of mental functioning
Endorphins: any of a group of proteins occurring in the brain and having analgesic (pain killing) properties
Endotracheal intubation: insertion of a tube down the trachea in giving anesthesia or to help the patient breathe
Fetology: branch of medicine dealing with the fetus in utero
Fibrogen: substance that slows blood circulation
Hemoglobin level: measurement of the pigment in the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the tissues

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