transplant

verb
trans·​plant | \ ˌtran(t)s-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \
transplanted; transplanting; transplants

Definition of transplant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lift and reset (a plant) in another soil or situation
2 : to remove from one place or context and settle or introduce elsewhere : relocate
3 : to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another

intransitive verb

: to tolerate being transplanted does not transplant as well as other varieties

transplant

noun
trans·​plant | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \

Definition of transplant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a person or thing that is transplanted
b : a manufacturing plant set up locally by a foreign automobile company to save on shipping costs bumpers shipped to a Japanese transplant in the U.S.
2 : the act or process of transplanting

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Other Words from transplant

Verb

transplantability \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transplantability (audio) \ noun
transplantable \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transplantable (audio) \ adjective
transplantation \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce transplantation (audio) \ noun
transplanter \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce transplanter (audio) \ noun

Examples of transplant in a Sentence

Verb

She carefully transplanted the seedlings. The bush was transplanted to a different part of the garden. Doctors transplanted one of his kidneys into his sister. a recipient of a transplanted heart The group transplanted the beavers to another part of the state. She is a New Yorker who recently transplanted to the West Coast.

Noun

The heart transplant was successful. He is going to need a liver transplant. The doctors are trying to keep him alive until a liver can be found for transplant. The patient's body rejected the transplant. She received a bone marrow transplant from an unknown donor. She's a Southern transplant who now lives in New York.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the comics, Luther's head is actually transplanted into the gorilla's body. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "13 Differences Between "The Umbrella Academy" Comics and TV Show," 8 Mar. 2019 Other than that, the best of the old Four Seasons has been successfully transplanted—the steak tartare, the farmhouse duck and, of course, the celebratory mountain of pink cotton candy, now with a bit more of a deliberate swirl. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Since then, a few other genes have been manipulated using Crispr to generate pig kidneys that sustain life for more than a year when transplanted into primates. Joshua Mezrich, WSJ, "Losing the Humanity of Transplants," 18 Jan. 2019 Be sure to harden off seedlings before transplanting ground cherries outdoors. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Two to three weeks later, transplant it to the garden and keep fertilizing. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 The authors chose fat cells, which typically don't trigger an immune response when transplanted to a new animal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging," 10 July 2018 But this donor’s kidneys and liver did not have far to go – only about 20 miles back to Indianapolis, where Indiana University Health doctors would transplant them later in the day. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'This room becomes sacred.' The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor's body," 17 May 2018 What Johnson and the other surgeons at the medical center proposed -- growing an ear in her forearm and then transplanting it -- shocked her. Doug Criss, CNN, "A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one -- on her forearm," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those organs have fed an enormous trade in organ transplants. ... Benedict Rogers, WSJ, "The Nightmare of Human Organ Harvesting in China," 5 Feb. 2019 Thatcher was, however, admitted into the hospital and was in need of a liver transplant in season six. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch the Most Emotional 'Grey’s Anatomy' Scene So Far in Season 15," 31 Jan. 2019 Silver once asked a liver transplant surgeon what her procedure cost. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 This isn't the first time Gomez has spoken about the impact of the kidney transplant on her life. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Says She's 'Stepped Back a Bit' Since Her Kidney Transplant," 29 June 2018 The transplant surgeons had clipped some pieces of Astrea’s cardiac muscle. New York Times, "Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.," 21 May 2018 Giavanna Danninger, 5, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia that led to a bone marrow transplant last fall. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc and Hartland families will participate in the 36-hour WKLH Miracle Marathon for Children's Hospital," 16 May 2018 Loïe has grown excited at the prospect of her mother's transplant. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Her only chance at life is a new liver, but her insurer said no. Then she wrote a powerful plea to the CEO," 13 May 2018 Seven months later, the mangrove plants were big enough to transplant. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Florida Teen Plants Hundreds of Mangrove Trees Uprooted by Hurricane Irma," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of transplant

Verb

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

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transplant

Verb

Middle English transplaunten, from Late Latin transplantare, from Latin trans- + plantare to plant

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transplant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transplant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove (a plant) from the ground or from a pot and move it to another place
medical : to perform a medical operation in which an organ or other part that has been removed from the body of one person is put into the body of another person
: to move (a person or animal) to a new home

transplant

noun

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

: a medical operation in which an organ or other part is removed from the body of one person and put into the body of another person
: an organ, piece of skin, etc., that is transplanted
: a person who has moved to a new home especially in a different region or country

transplant

verb
trans·​plant | \ trans-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \
transplanted; transplanting

Kids Definition of transplant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to dig up and plant again in another soil or location transplant seedlings
2 : to remove from one place and settle or introduce elsewhere The beavers were transplanted to another part of the forest.
3 : to transfer (a body organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another

transplant

noun
trans·​plant | \ ˈtrans-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \

Kids Definition of transplant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something or someone planted or moved elsewhere
2 : the process or act of planting or moving elsewhere a heart transplant

transplant

transitive verb
trans·​plant | \ tran(t)s-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \

Medical Definition of transplant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to transfer from one place to another especially : to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another

transplant

noun
trans·​plant | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio) \

Medical Definition of transplant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something (as an organ or part) that is transplanted
2 : the act or process of transplanting : transplantation performed a kidney transplant

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