en·​graft in-ˈgraft How to pronounce engraft (audio)
engrafted; engrafting; engrafts

transitive verb

: to join or fasten as if by grafting

intransitive verb

: to become grafted and begin functioning normally
the transplanted bone marrow engrafted successfully
engraftment noun

Examples of engraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before getting the altered cells infused, a patient must undergo chemotherapy to clear out space in their bone marrow for the new cells to engraft. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Dopamine neurons derived from human ES cells efficiently engraft in animal models of Parkinson’s disease. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2011 Traditionally, such a donor must have a close enough human leukocyte antigen, or HLA, match to maximize the likelihood that the stem cell transplant will engraft well. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 There were now tests to help predict compatibility and to improve the chances that allogeneic marrow cells would engraft. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 15 July 2019 Without a sufficient dose of cells, transplants are at a high risk of failing or of taking so long to engraft in the recipient’s bone marrow that patients face lengthy exposure to life-threatening infections. Ron Winslow, WSJ, 28 May 2018 Here, a blatant disunity exists between matters engrafted at the last minute on to S.B. 331. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, 3 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of engraft was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Engraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraft. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
en·​graft in-ˈgraft How to pronounce engraft (audio)
: graft
engrafted embryonic gill tissue into the back
engraftment noun
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