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 (yo͞o′thə-nīz′) also eu·than·a·tize (yo͞o-thăn′ə-tīz′)
tr.v. eu·than·ized, eu·than·iz·ing, eu·than·iz·es also eu·than·a·tized or eu·than·a·tiz·ing or euthan·a·tiz·es
To subject to euthanasia.


(ˈjuːθəˌnaɪz) or




(ˈjuːθəˌneɪz) or


(Medicine) (tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Also called: euthanatize
[C20: back formation from euthanasia]


(ˈyu θəˌnaɪz)

v.t. -nized, -niz•ing.
to subject to euthanasia.
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He said the form used the word euthanize "two to four times," although he couldn't elaborate.
MDAS did not report and did not euthanize over 100 cats/kittens on Saturday due to the case of Panleukopenia.
Because there was no way to identify the animal or tell how long it had been out in the wild, FWC officials were forced to euthanize it before it escaped into the water.
The cat had not been vaccinated for rabies and the owner opted to euthanize her cat rather than go through a six-month strict quarantine, they said.
We want the cats to go back to the owners and go to good homes before we ever have to euthanize them.
I am sure that Donna Goyette of Worcester, whose letter, "Better to euthanize than fix stray cats,'' appeared in the April 26 Telegram & Gazette, wants to do the right and humane thing, but she is mistaken in this case.
Some Texas animal shelters have until January to comply with a new law that bans the use of compressed carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats.