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

Many coral samples will die, but those that endure the hostile testing will be painstakingly transplanted back in the Atlantic. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 Every transplanted New Yorker arrives to the city with the desire to become a better version of her or himself. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "Who Was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy?," 3 Aug. 2016 The American firms have, broadly, transplanted their services to other markets; Amazon has pledged over $5bn to replicate its offerings in India, for example. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 That’s what happened with a group of steelhead trout transplanted from the salty seas of California to the fresh waters of Lake Michigan for game fishermen in the 1890s. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "This saltwater trout evolved to live in fresh water—in just 100 years," 1 June 2018 The team decided early on not to transplant the testicles, which could still make the donor’s sperm, Damon Cooney, a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said during the news briefing. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "In a world first, a US veteran now has a new penis and scrotum," 23 Apr. 2018 The donor’s testicles were not transplanted, so the patient won’t be able to reproduce. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins performs world's first 'total' penis transplant," 23 Apr. 2018 Generally, February is for tomato seed starting, not transplanting. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "When is too soon to plant tomatoes? | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 Peas don't transplant well and are very hardy, so there's no reason to start them indoors. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Growing Peas Has Never Been Easier Than This," 31 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Moreover, transplant programs have developed processes to allow donation from those with infectious diseases. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason," 24 Sep. 2018 The closest transplant programs are in Washington and California. Fox News, "Last remaining heart transplant doctor leaves Oregon hospital," 30 Aug. 2018 Tiffany Powers had to decide whether to put her name on a kidney-transplant list, or compete in the Special Olympics USA Games first. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 Every day 20 people die while on the organ transplant waiting list, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 drivers don't like to talk about organ donation, but it's becoming their cause," 24 May 2018 To do so, the researchers combed the records of 138,565 deceased organ donors and 337,934 solid organ transplant recipients between 2000 and 2016. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Organs from drug overdose victims could save the lives of patients on transplant waiting list," 17 Apr. 2018 She was flanked by a good friend, also a transplant recipient, who similarly radiated grace and good health. The Masked Observer, AL.com, "The Masked Observer discovers a lot of Eastern Shore energy with the Pierrettes," 31 Jan. 2018 Another reason to get the flu shot is that lots of people (like cancer patients and transplant recipients) are at high risk during flu season. Dara Kass, Slate Magazine, "What to Do if You Have the Flu," 9 Jan. 2018 In 1977, the DFW started a transplant program, and in the past 30 years, established 21 herds with 5,100 animals. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 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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