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euthanize

[yoo-thuh-nahyz] /ˈyu θəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), euthanized, euthanizing.
1.
to subject to euthanasia:
to euthanize injured animals.
Also, euthanatize
[yoo-than-uh-tahyz] /yuˈθæn əˌtaɪz/ (Show IPA).
especially British, euthanise, euthanatise.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; euthan(asia) + -ize
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  • In many cases, they say it's actually more humane to euthanize cats, rather than condemn them to a harsh life on the streets.
  • When it is necessary to euthanize an animal, it is by a certified euthanasia technician or veterinarian.
  • Perpetration-induced traumatic stress in persons who euthanize nonhuman animals in surgeries, animal shelters, and laboratories.
  • For example, it may not be possible to euthanize an adult cow using barbiturates without proper head restraint.
  • Therefore, a municipal animal pound is not authorized to use a decompression chamber to euthanize wildlife.
  • Humanely euthanize animals and pets that are not reclaimed, adopted, or suitable for reclamation or adoption.
  • Veterinarians of all types euthanize animals when necessary.
  • Their first priority is to euthanize the suffering animals.
  • The decision was made to euthanize all sick and exposed cats to stop the spread of the infection.
British Dictionary definitions for euthanize

euthanize

/ˈjuːθəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Word Origin
C20: back formation from euthanasia
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Word Origin and History for euthanize
v.

by 1915, in place of earlier and etymologically correct euthanatize (1873); see euthanasia + -ize. Related: Euthanized; euthanizing.

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