verb trans·plant \ˌtran(t)s-ˈplant\

: to remove (a plant) from the ground or from a pot and move it to another place

medical : to perform a medical operation in which an organ or other part that has been removed from the body of one person is put it into the body of another person

: to move (a person or animal) to a new home

Full Definition of TRANSPLANT

transitive verb
:  to lift and reset (a plant) in another soil or situation
:  to remove from one place or context and settle or introduce elsewhere :  relocate
:  to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another
intransitive verb
:  to tolerate being transplanted <does not transplant as well as other varieties>
trans·plant·abil·i·ty \ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
trans·plant·able \tran(t)s-ˈplan-tə-bəl\ adjective
trans·plan·ta·tion \ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən\ noun
trans·plant·er \tran(t)s-ˈplan-tər\ noun

Examples of TRANSPLANT

  1. She carefully transplanted the seedlings.
  2. The bush was transplanted to a different part of the garden.
  3. Doctors transplanted one of his kidneys into his sister.
  4. a recipient of a transplanted heart
  5. The group transplanted the beavers to another part of the state.
  6. She is a New Yorker who recently transplanted to the West Coast.


Middle English transplaunten, from Late Latin transplantare, from Latin trans- + plantare to plant
First Known Use: 15th century


noun trans·plant \ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant\

medical : a medical operation in which an organ or other part is removed from the body of one person and put into the body of another person

: an organ, piece of skin, etc., that is transplanted

: a person who has moved to a new home especially in a different region or country

Full Definition of TRANSPLANT

a :  a person or thing that is transplanted
b :  a manufacturing plant set up locally by a foreign automobile company to save on shipping costs <bumpers shipped to a Japanese transplant in the United States>
:  the act or process of transplanting

Examples of TRANSPLANT

  1. The heart transplant was successful.
  2. He is going to need a liver transplant.
  3. The doctors are trying to keep him alive until a liver can be found for transplant.
  4. The patient's body rejected the transplant.
  5. She received a bone marrow transplant from an unknown donor.
  6. She's a Southern transplant who now lives in New York.

First Known Use of TRANSPLANT



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