Usually dubbed as mercy killing, euthanasia is the "practice of ending a life so as to release an individual from an incurable disease or intolerable suffering" (Encarta).
Very often people call euthanasia 'mercy killing', perhaps thinking of it for someone who is terminally ill and suffering prolonged, unbearable pain.
Should Mercy Killing Be Legalised - Law Teacher
"Euthanasia is commonly defined as the act of bringingabout the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in arelatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy. In thisreport, the term euthanasia will signify the medical administrationof a lethal agent to a patient for the purpose of relieving thepatient's intolerable and incurable suffering." (p. 2230)
Other sourceshave defined euthanasia variously: "The act or practice ofpainlessly putting to death persons suffering from incurable conditionsof diseases." (Wolhandler, 1984, p. 363), ". . . torefuse unwanted medical treatment or to have ongoing care withdrawneven though the patient will die if treatment is terminated."(Adams, et. al., 1992, p. 2021). Euthanasia is a general termthat can actually mean a variety of different things dependingupon the context in which it is used. For this reason, a numberof supporting terms have become the convention when discussingeuthanasia. These terms help to narrow the subject matter anddistinguish between different types of euthanasia.
mercy - Dizionario inglese-italiano WordReference
Euthanasia was formerly called "mercy killing," euthanasia means intentionally making someone die, rather than allowing that person to die naturally....
BBC - Ethics: Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
Dutch Penal Code Articles 293 and 294 make both euthanasia and assisted suicide illegal, even today. However, as the result of various court cases, doctors who directly kill patients or help patients kill themselves will not be prosecuted as long as they follow certain guidelines. In addition to the current requirements that physicians report every euthanasia/assisted-suicide death to the local prosecutor and that the patient’s death request must be enduring (carefully considered and requested on more than one occasion), the Rotterdam court in 1981 established the following guidelines:
Euthanasia - Simple English Wikipedia, the free …
’ According to Webster dictionary, the term euthanasia is defined as an ‘act of killing or permitting death on, incurable sick persons in a painless way, for reasons of mercy’ ....
RESEARCH LITERATURE: DEATH & DYING - EUTHANASIA
"In general, given a choice of two courses to follow andall other things being equal, that choice which is more Dynamic,that is, at a higher level of evolution, is more moral. An exampleof this is the statement that, 'It's more moral for a doctor tokill a germ than to allow the germ to kill his patient.' The germwants to live. The patient wants to live. But the patient hasmoral precedence because he's at a higher level of evolution."(p. 159)