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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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2015, Elizabeth Reeve, helped at the pre-Pet Expo and the Pet Expo on August 22, 2015 to help bring awareness to Pet Rescues and the need to spay and neuter your pets.
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3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The East Bay SPCA will perform up to 100 free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 to commemorate World Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.
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Spay/ USA directs animal owners and rescuers to medical centers, like the one at the Animal League, that offer high quality, low cost spay and neuter services," said Joanne Yohannan, SVP, Operations, North Shore Animal League America.
The 48-year-old Oakridge resident and animal welfare advocate has started a nonprofit advocacy group dubbed Community Animal Relief Effort - or CARE - that raises funds for spay and neuter services for animals in low-income households and for feral cats.