right-to-die

[rahyt-tuh-dahy]

adjective

asserting or advocating the right to refuse extraordinary medical measures to prolong one's life when one is terminally ill or irreversibly comatose: right-to-die laws.

Origin of right-to-die

First recorded in 1975–80
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Medicine definitions for right-to-die

right-to-die

adj.

Advocating or expressing, as in a living will, a person's right to refuse extraordinary life-sustaining measures intended to prolong life artificially when the person is deemed by his or her physicians to be terminally or incurably ill.
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