transplant

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verb

trans·​plant ˌtran(t)s-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
transplanted; transplanting; transplants

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
transplantability noun
transplantable adjective
transplantation noun
transplanter noun

transplant

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noun

trans·​plant ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
1
a
: 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Hybridizes freely with many other species; many nursery plants may be hybrids. Easier to transplant than other hellebores. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Xenotransplantation—transplanting organs from nonhuman species into humans—has seen numerous successes in recent years. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2024 John Oliver Hearts One Tree Hill More people need to be talking about the scene in One Tree Hill when a dog ate a heart that was about to be transplanted. Vulture, 8 Dec. 2023 This would seem to suggest that all Israeli Jews be transplanted to the United States. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Once the plant begins to outgrow the shell, crack the bottom and transplant the shell directly into a garden pot. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 When the sprouts are big enough, they are transplanted in uncultivated lands around their town owned or rented by the family. Tucker Harris, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Instead of transplanting the pig liver into the body, the researchers kept the organ in a machine next to it. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2024 McCaffrey worked on the huge sets of the Rockstar game that transplanted the New Yorker to Brazil. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023
Noun
Days after celebrating his 49th birthday in a hospital bed while awaiting a heart transplant, former University of Kansas and Sacramento Kings big man Scot Pollard is getting the gift of life. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 Tools include pruning shears, a trowel, transplant trowel, hand fork, weeder, cultivator, and gardening gloves. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 The festival focused on attracting younger families and new South Florida transplants. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 Pollard, 48, was placed on a heart transplant list after undergoing medical testing last week at the University of Chicago. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Organ transplants, in particular, are very time-sensitive and cannot wait for blood supplies to catch up. Rachel Murphy, Verywell Health, 2 Feb. 2024 How to take care of brows after transplant Post-procedure care is important. Kaitlyn Frey, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Several transplant experts said lack of reliable transportation and living far from a transplant center can also put the surgery out of reach. Ben Tanen, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Inequities were also seen in cancer services such as radiation and stem cell transplants. Katherine Dillinger, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English transplaunten, from Late Latin transplantare, from Latin trans- + plantare to plant

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Transplant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transplant. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

transplant

1 of 2 verb
trans·​plant tran(t)s-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
1
: to dig up and plant in another soil or situation
transplant seedlings
2
: to remove from one place and settle or introduce elsewhere
transplanted beavers to other parts of the state
a New Yorker transplanted to the West coast
3
: to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another
transplantation noun
transplanter noun

transplant

2 of 2 noun
trans·​plant ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
1
: something or someone transplanted
2
: the act or process of transplanting

Medical Definition

transplant

1 of 2 transitive verb
trans·​plant tran(t)s-ˈplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
: to transfer from one place to another
especially : to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part or individual to another

transplant

2 of 2 noun
trans·​plant ˈtran(t)s-ˌplant How to pronounce transplant (audio)
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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