implant

verb
im·plant | \im-ˈplant \
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 \

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 \ adjective
implanter \im-ˈplan-tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for implant

Synonyms: Verb

bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, entrench (also intrench), fix, impact, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root

Antonyms: Verb

dislodge, root (out), uproot

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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

Because of the ethical concerns of implanting the embryos into elephants, the scientists hope to be able to grow the mammoth-elephant hybrid in the lab. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Fox News, "Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?," 17 May 2018 Yet a trip to a San Francisco emergency room for shortness of breath in 2008 led Stanich to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest — a medical device to keep her alive by delivering a powerful shock. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want," 28 Feb. 2018 During the procedure, doctor implanted electrode wires in each woman’s head, neck and shoulder. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Twins With Severe OCD Killed Themselves in Apparent Suicide Pact: 'Illness Was Just Too Powerful'," 11 Apr. 2018 Forty to 50 percent of the embryos will implant in a surrogate's uterus. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Breeding For The Next Great Cow," 13 Mar. 2018 The antenna picked up signals from the radio transmitters Weeks implanted in muskies and walleyes in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes in Vilas County. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Musky Whisperer spills his secret: Thinking like a scientist," 3 July 2018 Instead of having his furry ear pricked several times a day, Quincy now just needs to accept having a sensor delicately implanted under his skin once every 10 days. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 While most cases aren't as severe as mine, around 10% to 20% of women have endometriosis, which can block the fallopian tubes, prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus and interfere with fertility in other ways. Emily Listfield, Good Housekeeping, "I Knew There Was Something Wrong With My Body — But Doctors Wouldn't Listen," 13 Mar. 2018 But would people battling addiction really agree to surgery and the idea of having an electrode permanently implanted in the brain? NBC News, "Scientists say brain implant may be the key to beating addiction," 5 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The top dental terms searched were root canal, crown, implant, orthodontic, and bridge. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Website offers a living laboratory for examining health care prices and quality," 12 June 2018 The silicone implants, placed underneath my muscles, skin and veins, remained soft. Ruth O. Selig, Washington Post, "Years ago when my twin got breast cancer I took drastic action and am grateful I did," 28 May 2018 Some research suggests the bacteria can end up in the sites of joint implants, although the experts don’t know how. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Mason man starts with knee replacement, ends up with amputated leg," 9 May 2018 But the arm implant has to be removed after three years, which can cost up to $300 out of pocket, according to Planned Parenthood. refinery29.com, "Rushing To Get An IUD? Don't Forget This Important Factor," 11 July 2018 In a report in The New York Times in April, women said that they had been prodded to get the vaginal mesh implants removed and that a cash advance firm had provided them with financing to do so. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Look to Profit From Personal-Injury Suits," 25 June 2018 Same surgery, different instruments Surgeon to surgeon the same implants are used and the cuts on bone should be the same. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Stem cell injections or knee replacement," 4 June 2018 Nestling among a plantation of high-rises in a business district of Tokyo, the clinic implants fertilised eggs in an average of 75 women a day. The Economist, "No country resorts to IVF more than Japan—or has less success," 24 May 2018 Armed with the knowledge of what worked before, the system instructs the implant to stimulate users’ brains to interrupt a seizure at its onset. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The AI Doctor Will See You Now," 20 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 \
implanted; implanting

Kids Definition of implant

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

implant

transitive verb
im·plant | \im-ˈplant \

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 \

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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