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

Definition of engraft

transitive verb

1 : to join or fasten as if by grafting

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from engraft

engraftment \ in-​ˈgraf(t)-​mənt How to pronounce engraft (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of engraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of engraft

1549, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Engraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraft. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
en·​graft | \ in-ˈgraft How to pronounce engraft (audio) \

Medical Definition of engraft

: graft engrafted embryonic gill tissue into the back

Other Words from engraft

engraftment \ -​ˈgraf(t)-​mənt How to pronounce engraft (audio) \ noun


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