implant

verb
im·​plant | \ im-ˈplant How to pronounce implant (audio) \
implanted; implanting; implants

Definition of implant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fix or set securely or deeply a ruby implanted in the idol's forehead
b : to set permanently in the consciousness or habit patterns : inculcate
2 : to insert in living tissue (as for growth, slow release, or formation of an organic union) subcutaneously implanted hormone pellets

intransitive verb

: to undergo implantation the failure of embryos to implant

implant

noun
im·​plant | \ ˈim-ˌplant How to pronounce implant (audio) \

Definition of implant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a graft or device) implanted in tissue — compare cochlear implant

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Other Words from implant

Verb

implantable \ im-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce implantable (audio) \ adjective
implanter \ im-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce implanter (audio) \ noun

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Verb

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught. implanted a love of reading in her students inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind. tried to inculcate in him high moral standards instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time. instill traditional values in your children inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation. inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought. infixed a chronic cynicism

Examples of implant in a Sentence

Verb

a hearing aid that is surgically implanted in the ear a music teacher who strove to implant within his students a love of the classics

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bloomberg had reported that in addition to targeting Apple and Amazon Web Services, Chinese intelligence had managed to get implanted hardware inside an unnamed major telecommunications provider. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found," 11 Dec. 2018 On Valentine's Day 2017, Hyland had a port implanted into her chest to begin the dialysis process. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Talks to 'Self' About Her Second Kidney Transplant and Suicidal Thoughts," 10 Dec. 2018 People undergoing fertility treatments that include IVF can have embryos tested for deadly gene mutations that run in the family, such as Huntington’s disease, and then implant only the embryos that lack such mutations. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies," 28 Nov. 2018 Then the healthiest embryo was implanted into Ashleigh's uterus at the right moment in her cycle. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Could other trackers, or even malware, be implanted? Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge," 2 Sep. 2018 The mesh is implanted to support weakened or damaged tissue to treat poor bladder control and organ prolapse. Marian Liu, CNN, "Australia investigates implants that left some women with 'rotting pelvises'," 28 Mar. 2018 Surgeons are trained in virtual reality on how to implant the device that contains the drug and also how to refill the device. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Genentech Uses Virtual Reality to Train Eye Surgeons," 6 Feb. 2019 The next step is to implant these embryos into surrogate southern females over the coming months, paper co-author Cesare Galli tells Yin, hopefully triggering the birth of a healthy hybrid calf. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other technologies, involving things like microchip implants, fingerprint scans, and facial recognition, are even eliminating the need for phones and smartwatches. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 If not, an IUD or an implant may be a better choice for you. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 2019 This meant that IUDs and implants — the most effective, reversible contraceptives — became a lot more affordable for American women. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The American abortion rate is at an all-time low," 3 Dec. 2018 Silicone sounds like the correct substance to use–but this is not the same as silicone implants used for breast and buttock enhancement procedures. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Why Cardi B’s Scary Butt Injection Procedure Could Actually Be Life-Threatening," 11 Apr. 2018 When using a smart watch, a smart implant or even use your phone, signals are used to communicate information. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Third group of Cleveland Plug and Play presenters focus on finance, Internet of Things," 1 Mar. 2018 Many of the newer advanced technology implants reduce the patient’s dependence on glasses post-operatively, but never completely eliminate it. WSJ, "See What Cataract Surgery May Also Involve," 28 Nov. 2018 Creating a seamless interface between human and machine invokes images of brain implants and cutting-edge prosthetics. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 About half the cost of a surgical implant goes toward paying sales and marketing staff, who develop close relationships with doctors and sometimes even attend surgery, Lichtenthal said. Liz Szabo, Washington Post, "Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of implant

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined above

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implant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of implant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something) in a specified place especially, medical : to place (something) in a person's body by means of surgery
: to cause (something) to become a part of the way a person thinks or feels

implant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of implant (Entry 2 of 2)

medical : something placed in a person's body by means of surgery

implant

verb
im·​plant | \ im-ˈplant How to pronounce implant (audio) \
implanted; implanting

Kids Definition of implant

: to set securely or deeply Doctors implanted the hearing device.

implant

transitive verb
im·​plant | \ im-ˈplant How to pronounce implant (audio) \

Medical Definition of implant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to set permanently in the consciousness or habit patterns
2a : to insert or fix in a living site (as for growth, slow release, or formation of an organic union) subcutaneously implanted hormone pellets
b : to insert an implant in 100 patients have been implanted with nylon ribbons without complications— U. K. Henschke

intransitive verb

: to undergo implantation : become implanted failure of embryos to implant

implant

noun
im·​plant | \ ˈim-ˌplant How to pronounce implant (audio) \

Medical Definition of implant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as a graft, a small container of radioactive material for treatment of cancer, or a pellet containing hormones to be gradually absorbed) that is implanted especially in tissue

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