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 (no͞o′tər, nyo͞o′-)
1. Grammar
a. Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.
b. Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs.
2. Biology
a. Having undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs: the neuter caste in social insects.
b. Having pistils and stamens that are nonfunctional or absent.
3. Castrated or spayed. Used of animals.
4. Androgynous or asexual.
5. Archaic Taking no side in a dispute; neutral.
1. Grammar
a. The neuter gender.
b. A neuter word.
c. A neuter noun.
2. An androgynous or asexual person.
3. A castrated animal.
4. An insect that has undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs, such as a worker bee.
5. Archaic One that is neutral in a dispute.
tr.v. neu·tered, neu·ter·ing, neu·ters
1. To castrate or spay.
2. To render ineffective or powerless: a scandal that neutered the politician.

[Middle English neutre, from Old French, from Latin neuter, neither, neuter : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + uter, either; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neutering - the sterilization of an animalneutering - the sterilization of an animal; "they took him to the vet for neutering"
sterilisation, sterilization - the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
castration, emasculation - neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
spaying - neutering a female by removing the ovaries
References in periodicals archive ?
For example, Albuquerque charges $6 a year for a dog or cat license, but SI 50 for these animals if they are not spayed or neutered.
Both cats and dogs that are spayed or neutered have reduced incidents of certain cancers, reduced incidents of certain life-threading diseases and reduces their desire to roam.
Daniel further adds that it is a misconception that only aspin or puspin (native dogs and cats) need to be spayed or neutered.
She continued trapping cats each month until every cat visiting her yard was spayed or neutered and inoculated against rabies.
While some homeowners take it upon themselves to have their stray cats spayed or neutered, the surgeries - which can cost $40 to $70 each - can add up with a never-ending supply of strays like hers, she said.
8220;We're so excited to be a part of the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” campaign and believe some of these new strategies will make people realize that waiting to get pets spayed or neutered can result in at least one accidental litter,” says Cary Bernstein, Executive Director of Spay Neuter Charlotte.
Zink associates with early spay/neuter continues: greater risk of hemangiosarcoma, mast cell cancer, lymphoma, and bladder cancer; higher incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs spayed or neutered at six months of age; significantly higher prevalence of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury; heightened risk of urinary incontinence in females that are spayed early, as well as some cases in males; greater likelihood of hypothyroidism in spayed and neutered dogs; higher incidence of infectious diseases in dogs spayed and neutered at 24 weeks or less; higher incidence of adverse reactions to vaccines in altered dogs; and increased risk of prostate cancer in neutered males.
The city last year adopted a law requiring dog and cat owners to have pets spayed or neutered when they reach four months of age.
The city is working toward the no-kill goal through innovative programs designed to increase the adoption of homeless pets and the number of animals that are spayed or neutered.
Cats who are spayed or neutered live better and healthier lives," said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.
Since the project started last September, 395 feral cats have been spayed or neutered at Greenhill through Feral Fix, and an additional 78 cats at the one-day Neuter Scooter event.
Not having cats spayed or neutered is a big problem.