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 (yo͞o′thə-nīz′) also eu·than·a·tize (yo͞o-thăn′ə-tīz′)
tr.v. eu·than·ized, eu·than·iz·ing, eu·than·iz·es also eu·than·a·tized or eu·than·a·tiz·ing or euthan·a·tiz·es
To subject to euthanasia.


(ˈjuːθəˌnaɪz) or




(ˈjuːθəˌneɪz) or


(Medicine) (tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Also called: euthanatize
[C20: back formation from euthanasia]


(ˈyu θəˌnaɪz)

v.t. -nized, -niz•ing.
to subject to euthanasia.
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ACVPM in epidemiology, found that commonly quoted figures underestimate the number shelters take in every year and overestimate the number of dogs those shelters euthanize.
The cat had not been vaccinated for rabies and the owner opted to euthanize her cat rather than go through a six-month strict quarantine, they said.
We want the cats to go back to the owners and go to good homes before we ever have to euthanize them.
I am sure that Donna Goyette of Worcester, whose letter, "Better to euthanize than fix stray cats,'' appeared in the April 26 Telegram & Gazette, wants to do the right and humane thing, but she is mistaken in this case.
Some Texas animal shelters have until January to comply with a new law that bans the use of compressed carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats.
shelters today euthanize three to four million animals, while there are more than 135 million cats and dogs in American homes.
This means that even shelters that call themselves "no-kill" may, in fact, euthanize animals that they deem to be unadoptable.