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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.

neu·ter

(nū'tĕr)
To sterilize a male or female animal surgically.
[L. neither, i.e. neither male nor female]

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.

neuter

1. to desex an animal. This has assumed an important role in the management and control of companion animal populations. castration and ovariohysterectomy are the usual procedures.
2. a desexed animal.
3. a castrated male cat.
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Your dog will have a greater chance of a healthy life if you have it neutered at the right age
The program is seeking volunteers to help reach its goal - and grant requirement - of 175 spayed or neutered cats this year.
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The Wellspring School in Beirut has neutered all the cats living on campus and will work with Animals Lebanon to ensure the animals are healthy.
For those who qualify, the fund arranges for cats to be spayed at a discounted rate of $50 and neutered for $45.
In the study, those few were enough to act as a fight pheromone when researchers dabbed them on neutered males.
Whether they're neutered or not, they still hunt and they still kill things," he says.
Jane Clements, from Cats Protection, said: "We recommend that cats are neutered from four months of age as this is when they can start breeding.
Male and female Pit Bulls can be neutered or spayed for $50; male and female Chihuahuas can be neutered or spayed for $30.
Coventry's RSPCA centre, Easipetcare Vets and Cats Protection Coventry teamed up to run the five free sessions across Coventry and Warwickshire this year, which have seen hundreds of pets chipped, neutered and vaccinated.
households are not spayed or neutered yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population.
One of the cats is one-year-old Samantha, a black female, who has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped since arriving in April, and is waiting for a special home.