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

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 More than 33,400 organs from deceased donors, a record, were transplanted in 2017. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, "New York organ collection agency, nation’s second-largest, threatened with closure," 11 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s helpful in medical scenarios, such as preventing organ rejection after a transplant or to treat autoimmune diseases, but not so great for the average dieter. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Doctors say Marie's only hope is a liver transplant. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Desperate man offers up his truck and his own kidney to anyone who can help save his dying wife," 14 May 2018 The donor lung for the first Baylor transplant surgery to use the device was flown in from the Midwest. Ileana Najarro, Houston Chronicle, "Baylor St. Luke's uses new technology for lung transplants," 4 Apr. 2018 Last year, Glago gave her a sterling silver pendant in the shape of a kidney to commemorate the anniversary of the transplant surgery. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "A six-way kidney swap unites three families," 1 Apr. 2018 Szumowska's Mug focuses on a man who undergoes face transplant surgery and suffers a crisis of identity. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Berlin Festival Adds Norwegian Mass Shooting Drama to Competition Lineup," 6 Feb. 2018 Many of these mezcal transplants work surprisingly well, given the volatile flavors of the spirit; the mezcal Negroni is an easy and felicitous switcheroo. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Whatever the Cocktail, They’re Ordering It With Mezcal," 5 July 2018 According to Hays, Ashlin had Stage 4 kidney disease and needed a transplant. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As an Oconomowoc 6-year-old fights a life-threatening infection, a neighborhood group is demanding her swing set come down," 2 July 2018 But as New Orleans, post-Katrina, has seen an influx of transplants from up North, a subtler sort of cultural exchange seems to be taking place. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 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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