verb \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 \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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Partial or complete organ or other body part removed from one site and attached at another. It may come from the same or a different person or an animal. One from the same person—most often a skin graft—is not rejected. Transplants from another person or, especially, an animal are rejected unless they are unusually compatible or have no blood vessels (e.g., the cornea), or if the recipient's immune reaction is suppressed by lifelong drug treatment. Transplanted tissues must match (by blood tests) more closely than blood transfusions. Monoclonal antibodies targeting the cells that cause rejection hold great promise. Tests are now under way with monoclonal antibodies that react with antigens present only on T cells that are participating in rejection, sparing the rest. Rejection matters less in skin grafts, which may need to last only weeks, and bone grafts, whose structure remains after the cells die. In bone-marrow transplants, the donor's marrow cells may attack the recipient's tissues, often fatally. Lung transplants have greater chance of success as part of a heart-and-lung transplant. See also heart transplant, kidney transplant.

Variants of TRANSPLANT

transplant or graft


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