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put to death painlessly or allow to die rather than to suffer from an incurable and painful condition: The vet had to euthanize my terminally ill cat.
Not to be confused with:
euphemize – to substitute a mild expression for one thought to be offensive: using to pass air instead of to fart


 (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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A spokesman of Lahore Zoo said here on Sunday the management of the Zoo wanted to euthanize the lioness as she had been suffering from paralysis for the last eight years.
Smith, DVM, Ph.D., 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.
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.
He gave as example his own experience as Mayor of Sofia when he had managed to reduce the number of stray dogs to 9A 000 and euthanize every single aggressive animal.
shelters today euthanize three to four million animals, while there are more than 135 million cats and dogs in American homes.
Of the 25 dogs without documented rabies vaccination, the owners of 11 opted to euthanize them, and the owners of 13 decided to confine their dogs for 6 months of observation.
This means that even shelters that call themselves "no-kill" may, in fact, euthanize animals that they deem to be unadoptable.
Pentobarbital, the drug used to euthanize these animals, ends up being fed to our pets.
Teams of veterinarians returned a week after the storm to rescue or euthanize small animals.
Doctors who euthanize patients must file a report with the Federal Control Commission, which monitors compliance with legislation.