transplant

verb
trans·​plant | \ ˌtran(t)s-ˈplant \
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 \

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 \ noun
transplantable \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
transplantation \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun
transplanter \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tər \ 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

Mellon went on foraging trips round the island with her gardeners, transplanting plants to her property. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Blueberry bushes should be pruned at the time of transplanting to your container. Stan Davidson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With patience, blueberries can be grown in containers," 10 July 2018 The patients’ transplanted livers had been previously damaged by hepatitis C infection. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Conatus liver drug disappoints in testing, shares fall," 6 Apr. 2018 Also, nearby Vancouver, B.C., is home not only to Canucks fans, but transplanted supporters of the six other Canadian teams. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How much money can Seattle NHL fans expect to pay for tickets? More than in most other sports," 5 Dec. 2018 This change comes despite the fact that only about one in 10,000 cells in the body were senescent, transplanted cells. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging," 10 July 2018 Justin Wilson's organs were surgically removed and transplanted into five other people. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 drivers don't like to talk about organ donation, but it's becoming their cause," 24 May 2018 Perhaps the most popular, and cutting edge these days, is transplanting the bacteria that live in your gut. Joe Peterburger, National Geographic, "Why the Brain-Body Connection Is More Important Than We Think," 17 Mar. 2018 In spindle transfer, the nuclear DNA from the mother (known as a spindle) is transplanted into the donor’s egg, replacing the donor’s DNA. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The waiting list for a kidney transplant for a type A blood group is four to six years. Fox News, "Garden sign seeking kidney donor yields 30 volunteers," 25 Sep. 2018 Most people in this country waiting for an organ transplant need a kidney. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 He has been replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Kristin Mekeel, who specializes in liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Star surgeon replaced as head of transplantation team at UC San Diego," 5 June 2018 In fall, transplant the extra into a tub of moist planting mix or sand. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Pie-Worthy Rhubarb Ever," 30 May 2018 The testicles, which could have contained sperm from a deceased donor, were not included in the transplant. Leada Gore Lgore@al.com, AL.com, "Johns Hopkins performs world's first penis, scrotum transplant on wounded soldier," 23 Apr. 2018 Doctors have taken an interest in penile transplants as the nature of injuries soldiers suffer at war has changed. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins performs world's first 'total' penis transplant," 23 Apr. 2018 That grim trend has brought about a 24-fold increase in transplants involving an organ harvested from an overdose victim. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Organs from drug overdose victims could save the lives of patients on transplant waiting list," 17 Apr. 2018 Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021," 5 Dec. 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)

medical : 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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \

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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