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

So far the University of Utah team has successfully implanted the electrodes and arms on just eight patients. Jeffrey Delviscio, Scientific American, "A Robot Hand Helps Amputees “Feel” Again," 24 July 2019 In deep-brain stimulation, for example, neurosurgeons implant a few electrodes into a patient’s brain in order to treat Parkinson’s disease. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 18 July 2019 The clinic had implanted one of the Rogers' embryos in Mrs. Fasano, and another of their embryos in an unknown patient who was never identified. Dov Fox, WIRED, "What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?," 17 July 2019 To keep an eye on those youngsters, Director Chris Vandergoot of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System has implanted acoustic transmitters to follow them. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 The procedure involves implanting a small electronic device into a person's ear, bypassing damaged portions of the ear and stimulating the auditory nerve, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Michelle Lou, CNN, "The moment a toddler heard sound for the very first time," 21 June 2019 But the obvious drawback is that this procedure depends on surgically implanting a cable into the brain – a strategy that cannot be easily translated into people. Sreekanth Chalasani, The Conversation, "The new field of sonogenetics uses sound waves to control the behavior of brain cells," 9 Aug. 2019 CHA Fertility, in Los Angeles, has been accused of implanting the wrong embryos, which led to the birth mother having to give up twins who were genetically related to two other couples. The Economist, "The fertility business is booming," 8 Aug. 2019 Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Fitzgerald’s grandfather was a firefighter and implanted the idea in Fitzgerald at a young age to do the same. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County fire chief’s first two months: putting out fires and preparing for more," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the story, characters, through a sort of high-tech contact lens implant, are able to relive their own memories at will, and view others’ as easily as scrolling through their iPhone photo reel. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Snap’s latest bid to sell their failed spectacles: make it fashion," 13 Aug. 2019 Here there be poodles, breast implants, meditation retreats! Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Is There Still Sex in the City?” and the Decline of a Particular Fantasy Life," 13 Aug. 2019 Silicone implants, which are denser than water, might even have a slight sinking effect. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B Can't Swim — So Rapper Jokes That She Bought Breast Implants to 'Float' Instead," 12 Aug. 2019 Hickenlooper is referring to the effects of the the Colorado Family Planning Initiative — a state program that provided IUDs or birth control implants at little or no cost for low-income women. NBC News, "Fact-check: The second Democratic debate 2019, Night 1," 31 July 2019 In deep-brain stimulation, for example, neurosurgeons implant a few electrodes into a patient’s brain in order to treat Parkinson’s disease. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 17 July 2019 Why are IUDs and implants currently underused in this country? Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "Time to Rethink Your Birth Control?," 22 June 2011 The implant would connect wirelessly to a small behind-the-ear receiver that could communicate with a computer. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?," 22 July 2019 And implants that provide direct stimulation of the nerves involved in hearing are now commonplace. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems," 16 July 2019

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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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