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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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It has been actively spaying and neutering street dogs and cats since 2007, and has since sterilized 46,000 dogs and cats.
Spaying and neutering refer to the surgical sterilization of an animal's reproductive organ.
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Cyprus' cat population is now a staggering 1.5 million animal according to welfare groups who blame years of chronic underfunding of spaying and neutering programmes.
"We also work hard with partner charities to offer free or discounted spaying and neutering where we can.
Stop Pet Overpopulation Today, a local nonprofit group that defrays the cost of spaying and neutering pets for low-income pet owners, isn't trying to be a bully with its "Great Pit Fix" program, aimed at pit bulls and other so-called "bully breeds."
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.
As a result, she has launched Pet Care 101 workshops, where pet owners receive free training on pet care and learn about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
Spaying and neutering a healthy rabbit is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified vet who is experienced in the treatment of rabbits and the risk is no higher than any other straight-forward surgical procedure.
Cash raised will go towards providing local free and subsidised spaying and neutering surgeries.