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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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The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.
The percentage of animals being adopted from shelters is surprisingly low, around 10 - 20 percent, so we want to educate people about the importance of spaying or neutering as a way to reduce pet over-population and improve animal health and well-being.
Events include low andno-cost spay/neuter clinics for low-income families, fundraisers to benefit spay/neuter programs and educational efforts for pet owners about the importance of spaying or neutering pets.
Spay Day is an annual campaign to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and stray animals.
Hiba al-Hajj, a second-year veterinary student at the Lebanese University who is receiving training at the Animals Lebanon clinic, agrees that spaying or neutering is a humane way to deal with growing numbers of strays.
Antonovich to require spaying or neutering of pit bulls and Rottweilers, made after an attack in January on an 11- month-old Palmdale girl.
Most people are aware that spaying or neutering your pet helps overpopulation, but what they don't know is that it helps to prevent breast cancer in both dogs and cats.
We opened our adoption center in 1989 and have a policy that mandates the spaying or neutering of pets we place," says Diane Dietch-Silberman, owner of Diane's.
Antonovich supports a proposed state law that would let cities and counties require spaying or neutering certain breeds of dogs.
By spaying or neutering your pet, you are playing an active role in ending the killing of domestic animals.
Animals placed from the shelter aren't really sold, but the county recoups the cost of inoculations and spaying or neutering with the minimum amounts charged.
The young animals help to raise awareness of the benefits of spaying or neutering before first heat and accidental pregnancy," says Khurody-Downs, president of Prevent a Litter Coalition, Inc.