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neuter

(no͞o′tər, nyo͞o′-)
adj.
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.
n.
1. An androgynous or asexual person.
2. A castrated animal.
3. An insect that has undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs, such as a worker bee.
tr.v. neu·tered, neu·tering, neu·ters
To castrate or spay.
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neu·ter

(nū'tĕr)
To sterilize a male or female animal surgically.
[L. neither, i.e. neither male nor female]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

neuter

an organism having nonfunctional or absent sexual parts. In plants, a neuter is one without male and female flower parts (e.g. ray florets of sunflower). A neuter in animals is one that is sexually undeveloped or sterile, for example the female worker in a bee colony, or a castrated or spayed animal.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
"Cat Smart wants to take this worry away and make it as easy as possible for owners to have their pets neutered so that they can continue the amazing work they do as carers.
When a queen is neutered, her ovaries and uterus are removed and when a tom is castrated, his testicles are removed.
The team, which consisted of one veterinarian, one vet assistant, five runners to capture cats and do the community work and an odd volunteer or two, treated a total of 56 cats for worms and skin diseases, and neutered 40 of them.
To date the organization has spayed and neutered over 38,500 cats, preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats in Denver and surrounding areas.
1 recently saw, in my practice, a male mixed breed pup that, at 6 weeks of age, had already been neutered! Indeed, the various animal shelters, rescues, humane societies, etc.
In 2017, The Anti-Cruelty Society spayed and neutered 6,175 pets from the public and 2,794 shelter pets, sterilizing a total of more than 9,000 Chicago-area pets.
"In addition, cats that are neutered have a lower risk of spreading disease, so this is good for them, as well."
Twelve feral kittens were rehomed, seven cats were either pets or had been neutered previously and two were possible wildcats that were released without neutering.
To neuter or spay them prevents death of unwanted pets."
They will, however, neuter feral cats from weaning and will neuter domestic cats for rehoming from two days after their first vaccination (9-10 weeks of age).
A neutered colony of cats also helps against other cats into the area, thus preventing a fresh cycle of breeding all over again," explained Anna Mendrinos, TNR co-ordinator at Feline Friends.