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 transplant (audio) \ noun
transplantable \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transplant (audio) \ adjective
transplantation \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce transplant (audio) \ noun
transplanter \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce transplant (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 Messiah holds the bag used to transplant his sister's bone marrow into him in March. Washington Post, "She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.," 7 Dec. 2020 The delicate surgery required to transplant a hand is just the start of the process; the recipient must then relearn how to use it. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, "Sharing the Human Side of Science," 23 Nov. 2020 If their leaves are dying back now, pull them or cut them off, then dig, divide and transplant the clump. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Options are few for pear tree with trellis rust," 7 Nov. 2020 The current culture of the neighborhood was fostered by Mexican immigrants like his father, who were able to transplant their language, food and art to the Lower West Side decades ago. Laura Rodríguez Presa, chicagotribune.com, "As Chicago proposes making Pilsen the city’s largest landmark district, residents fear more displacement: ‘Saving buildings will not save people’," 16 Oct. 2020 Kress had a theory that if the Project Puffin team could transplant puffin chicks -- also known as pufflings -- to Eastern Egg Rock and hand rear them, the birds would create a mental map of the island's location. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 Then, researchers take stem cells from a male donor, and transplant them into the surrogate's testes -- and the surrogate begins to produce sperm that only holds the donor's genetic material. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Gene editing breakthrough could produce livestock 'super dads'," 15 Sep. 2020 For example, researchers can transplant human cancer tissue into immunosuppressed mice in a process known as xenografting. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is Elon Musk Testing His Brain Implant on Pigs?," 9 Sep. 2020 When the corals are six to nine months old, divers transplant them to wild reefs. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Celebrate World Ocean Month With Four Virtual Dives," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the only way to disable the disorder is a bone marrow transplant, and that comes with considerable risks and complications. Sandy Banks Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: For a man long afflicted with an illness made riskier by COVID-19, hope for the holidays," 29 Nov. 2020 Then, six days after his appointment, Williams learned the hospital had lungs ready for his transplant. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix man went to Tucson to get a double-lung transplant. Then he got COVID-19," 15 Nov. 2020 Ava's primary hope, doctors told the Langenhops, was a bone marrow transplant from someone who was a good match, probably a brother or a sister. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "California Prop 14 would keep taxpayer funding of stem cell therapy research, which can change lives: Meet the Langenhop kids," 2 Nov. 2020 The drive will benefit Sloane, a 3-1/2-year-old Delray Beach girl battling two forms of cancer, ATRT tumors and myelodysplastic syndrome, a precursor to leukemia, who needs a bone marrow transplant. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Beach Fire Rescue recruiting bone marrow donors to help girl, 3," 30 Oct. 2020 If the cancer is an aggressive form of NHL, options might include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow transplant. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Jeff Bridges Has Lymphoma—Here's What to Know About This Form of Cancer, and What His Treatment Might Involve," 20 Oct. 2020 Last year, a paper published in Nature Medicine documented the role of phages in saving the life of a teen-age cystic-fibrosis patient in the U.K., who was stricken with a bacterial infection after a double lung transplant. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 2020 Should his doctors have delayed the transplant, given the outbreak? Washington Post, "She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.," 7 Dec. 2020 Gomez was diagnosed with lupus several years ago and underwent the kidney transplant due to complications from the disease. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Saved by the Bell revival draws criticism for jokes about Selena Gomez's kidney transplant," 28 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of transplant was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

19 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transplant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transplant. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for transplant

transplant

verb
How to pronounce transplant (audio)

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
How to pronounce transplant (audio)

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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