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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
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Local governments are better positioned than the state to promote the spaying and neutering of pets.
It is important to considering spaying and neutering the pets to help prevent pet overpopulation.
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Instead, the city's code enforcement officer is advocating for the spaying and neutering of stray and feral cats that have been abandoned in her rural community.
There are also several benefits to spaying and neutering.
Spaying and neutering protects and improves the health of pets by reducing or eliminating many health problems that are difficult and expensive to treat.
Spaying and neutering remain the very best ways to decrease the burgeoning population of homeless cats.
When she retired from her human services job in 2006, she and some other animal welfare advocates got a $57,000 Pet Smart Charity grant to pay for the spaying and neutering of 1,000 cats.
FiXiT is providing solutions to tackle the real reasons prevent pet owners from spaying and neutering their animals.
Additionally, spaying and neutering feral cats reduces the number of unwanted kittens that enter shelters.
Local animal-control agencies would retain money collected through fines and the new permit to help pay for subsidized spaying and neutering programs.