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Related to altering: alternating
v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters
1. To change or make different; modify: altered my will.
2. To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
3. To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).
To change or become different.
[Middle English alteren, from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]
al′ter·a·bil′i·ty, al′ter·a·ble·ness n.
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|Noun||1.||altering - 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)
spaying - neutering a female by removing the ovaries
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