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

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 Incorporating technology like this really changes how organs are procured, how they are handled, how they are transplanted. Eric Boodman, STAT, "A ‘breakthrough in organ preservation’: Study shows keeping livers warm helps preserve them for transplant," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Could your community vote to amend the bylaws and transplant all the rules into the bylaws? Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 In mid-August plant transplants of zinnias, marigolds and celosias that are in bud but not yet in bloom. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 And don’t let California transplants with their In-N-Out get started about Dick’s. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 In comparison, the death rate among a similar group of babies that did not get mitochondrial transplants was 65 percent. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 So doctors wanted to perform a bone-marrow transplant and had to find a match. Fox News, "Girl, 7, meets National Guard veteran who donated bone marrow that saved her life," 10 July 2018 In another phase of the study, the researchers showed that mice given senescent cells and the combination of cancer drugs lived 36% longer than animals with senescent cell transplants who were not given the drugs. Alice Park, Time, "How Scientists Are Testing Cancer Drugs to Slow Down Aging," 9 July 2018 Other groups are trying transplants of the pancreatic cells that produce insulin, but only a small number of patients can get this treatment because of a shortage of donors. NBC News, "Cheap blood pressure drug might slow diabetes," 9 July 2018 Tumor was removed but transplant put on hold to make sure cancer does not return. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Executive let go by new Marlins ownership starts campaign to help with health costs," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'transplant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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