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neutral

1. Politics of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etc.
2. (of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
3. a less common term for neuter (sense 1)
4. Chem neither acidic nor alkaline
5. Physics having zero charge or potential
6. Rare having no magnetism
7. a citizen of a neutral state
8. the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged

neutral

[′nü·trəl]
(chemistry)
Property of a solution which is neither acidic nor basic, having the same concentration of hydrogen ions as water.
(electricity)
Referring to the absence of a net electric charge.
(mechanical engineering)
That setting in an automotive transmission in which all the gears are disengaged and the output shaft is disconnected from the drive wheels.
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Expression, localisation and activity of neutral endopeptidase in cultured cells of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer.
Function of neutral endopeptidase on the cell membrane of human neutrophils.
In addition to elimination by renal excretion and by binding to natriuretic peptide receptor type C (7), natriuretic peptides are also cleared through proteolysis by peptidases, the most closely studied being neutral endopeptidase (NEP; EC 3.
Green tea extract (EFLA [R]85942) is able to induce specifically the neutral endopeptidase (NEP) activity and to inhibit the proliferation of SK-N-SH cells; the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity is not influenced under the same conditions.
Preclinical studies have demonstrated that PL-3994 is highly potent and achieves its long duration of action through diminished affinity for a natural clearance mechanism, the body's natriuretic peptide clearance receptor, and increased resistance to an enzyme naturally found in the body, neutral endopeptidase.
Among African Americans, three distinct pathways displayed altered gene expression: cell adhesion, neutral endopeptidase, and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis.
Relation of ANP and BNP to their N-terminal fragments in fetal circulation: evidence for enhanced neutral endopeptidase activity and resistance of BNP to neutral endopeptidase in the fetus.