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


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

Other Words from implant


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

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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 Although most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, an egg can also implant in the cervix, abdominal cavity, ovary, or even the scar from a cesarean section. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 Surgeons had to quickly implant a graft and a stent to shore it up. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 One year later, Cooley became the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart in a man. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 The study surveyed Americans’ views on scientific and technological developments, some which are in use, like facial recognition technology, and other methods that are still being developed, like microchips to implant in human brains. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Throughout the 1960s, doctors attempted to implant the organs of monkeys into human patients—one recipient survived for nine months before their body finally rejected the organ. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2022 The injuries required a five-day stay UC-San Diego Medical Center and surgery to implant a metal plate and screws in Ball’s face. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2022 There isn’t a surviving mammoth genome that’s complete enough to implant directly into an egg cell, so cloning is out of the question. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 First, a few basics: In a typical menstrual cycle, ovaries produce a hormone called estrogen, which builds up the lining of the uterus, where a pregnancy could implant. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nexplanon, a contraceptive implant, also works by delivering a dose of progesterone, inhibiting ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, and thinning the lining of the uterus. Globe Staff,, 13 May 2022 Rather than amplifying sound, as hearing aids do, cochlear implants send electrical signals directly to the auditory nerve, via an implant in the inner ear combined with an external sensor. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Neurotech is fraught enough that Meta bailed on its long-running investment in a mind-reading device last year, before its first implant. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 On March 11, a government agency in Dnipro was targeted with a destructive implant. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 This eventually led to the design of an implant with 16 individual electrodes that should allow control over which nerve bundles were activated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 Immediately after the implant is placed, there are four or five visits in the first few months. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2021 The process, which involves a freaky cranial implant of a not-so-micro chip, produces full separation between the subject’s work and home selves. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2022 People with complete paralysis will need a permanent spinal implant for the treatment to work. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of implant


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


1890, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for implant


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.


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


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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