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tr.v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates
1. To remove the testicles of (a male); geld or emasculate.
2. To remove the ovaries of (a female); spay.
3. To deprive of virility or spirit; emasculate.
An individual who is incapable of reproduction as a result of removal, destruction, or inactivation of the gonads.

[Latin castrāre, castrāt-; see kes- in Indo-European roots.]

cas′trat·er, cas′tra·tor n.
cas·tra′tion n.
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Adj.1.castrated - deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes
uncastrated - not castrated
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References in classic literature ?
But a serious cause of error seems to me to be here introduced: a plant to be hybridised must be castrated, and, what is often more important, must be secluded in order to prevent pollen being brought to it by insects from other plants.
Moreover, whenever complicated experiments are in progress, so careful an observer as Gartner would have castrated his hybrids, and this would have insured in each generation a cross with the pollen from a distinct flower, either from the same plant or from another plant of the same hybrid nature.
This chicken-heartedness, as he dubbed it, disgusted Martin, who consequently took a satisfaction in compelling the boy to assist him actively whenever there were cattle to be dehorned, wire rings to be pushed through bunches of pigs' snouts, calves to be delivered by force, young stuff to be castrated or butchering to be done.
The puppy is, moreover, generally castrated; so that, when grown up, it can scarcely have any feelings in common with the rest of its kind.
A FIANNA FAIL councillor has demanded that sex offenders be castrated.
CHICAGO: A child molester who had himself surgically castrated in hopes of getting a lighter prison term has been jailed for 26 years for molesting two girls.
Yes, we have put Buchenwald--where all homosexual prisoners were castrated and 14 were subjected to medical experiments aimed at making them "normal" men--far behind us.
For instance, Bosland gave young, castrated male rats enough estrogen to produce concentrations equivalent to those naturally present in females.
Jeremy, of Bath, said: "I'd heard of a couple of Papua New Guinea fishermen who were castrated by something in the water.
WHY on earth isn't he castrated, if he can't control his unnatural urges?
A PERVERT who molested more than 40 boys has been castrated at his own request.
He is three-months-old and needs to be castrated when he is about six months old.