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

Now, oncologists are using CAR T-cells to revive the tumor-fighting powers of the donors' transplanted immune systems. Cindy Goodman, miamiherald, "Immunotherapy is giving some cancer patients a new life when they had all but given up," 25 May 2018 The University of Kansas Hospital completed a 10-person chain in January, transplanting five kidneys into five recipients over two days. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Another historic chain: Research Medical Center transplants four kidneys in two days," 22 June 2018 Alice is the model that Willa, transplanted to Southern California, is determined to defy with her own children. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Waking up is hard to do," 13 July 2018 In this case, the scientists from the Rigshospitalet fertility center in Copenhagen were able to create an artificial ovary that could be used to grow immature egg cells into a form that could then later be transplanted back into the woman. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Scientists Say They've Made Progress on an Artificial Ovary to Help Cancer Patients. There's a Catch," 2 July 2018 The preschooler knew what was about to happen, his mother said — a long needle would be pushed into the bone near his hip to extract the marrow, then the cells would be transplanted into his brothers. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "‘I saved them because I’m a superhero!’: 4-year-old donates bone marrow to his baby brothers," 6 May 2018 The Johns Hopkins surgery, performed in a 14-hour procedure in late March, was the most extensive yet, involving more tissue than has been previously transplanted, the surgeons said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "U.S. military veteran receives world's first total penis and scrotum transplant," 23 Apr. 2018 Downtown Louisville's newest wine shop — with its green-tinted windows and burnt orange furniture — looks like it was transplanted straight from the Miami strip. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "A new wine shop opened near Waterfront Park just in time for Thunder Over Louisville," 19 Apr. 2018 Experts anticipate ice storage will remain the norm for quality livers from donors declared brain dead, around 80% of which are transplanted. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "“Warm Transplants” Save Livers and Lives," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Time, the woman underwent a double lung transplant in 2009 and took immunosuppressant drugs to prevent organ rejection. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "Tattoo May Have Caused Woman to Suffer Chronic Leg Pain," 19 June 2018 According to a GoFundMe page started to help raise money for McNair's parents, Tonya and Marty, to be able to stay with their son, McNair received a liver transplant and was expected to be hospitalized for several months. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Questions, mystery surround Maryland football player's death," 14 June 2018 Gorham was the head coach at Sacred Heart from 2004-11 season before idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease, forced him to step down, and ultimately required him to undergo a double lung transplant and double leg amputation. . . BostonGlobe.com, "World Cup referees prepared to take good long look at video reviews," 13 June 2018 Claire Wineland had come to accept the reality of living with cystic fibrosis and decided against pursuing a double-lung transplant. CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 26 May 2018 In December, a doctor gave her husband 18 months to live and denied him a lung transplant. Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe teacher Cynthia Tisdale remembered as a lifelong caretaker," 25 May 2018 One worker was put on the waiting list for a lung transplant. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in the air that make workers sick," 16 May 2018 Erekat, a former negotiator with Israel, suffered a major health crisis last year, undergoing a lung transplant. Washington Post, "Palestinians vote on aging leadership as Abbas tightens grip," 29 Apr. 2018 No one can survive a lung transplant’s physical and emotional toll without support. Daniela Lamas, STAT, "New lungs could help my patient live. She also needed people to surround her," 26 Mar. 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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