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From the Greek roots path- (feeling, suffering) & -lysis (destruction, dissolving), a term meaning "the destruction of suffering," used in reference to a medical procedure by which a life is intentionally ended.

It was coined by Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a physician who performed (by his count) around 130 physician-assisted suicides.
Did you hear about that CEO whose company went bankrupt? He called Dr. Kevorkian and asked him to do a patholysis procedure because he was too afraid to off himself!
by Brendan Kevorkian, M.D. April 24, 2011

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