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 transplantability (audio) \ noun
transplantable \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transplantable (audio) \ adjective
transplantation \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce transplantation (audio) \ noun
transplanter \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce transplanter (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

As far back as the 1950s, doctors in the United States started transplanting stool from healthy donors into patients with life-threatening diarrhea caused by infection with a nasty bacterium named C. difficile. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "There were no guidelines for fecal transplants. Then, a patient died.," 25 Aug. 2019 Once those embryos are ready, the plan is to transplant them into females proven to carry healthy babies to term. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 The Japanese government is granting its support to a scientist working to create animal embryos that contain human cells, and to then subsequently transplant them into surrogate animals. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "I Guess You Can Grow a Human Pancreas In a Rat Now," 26 July 2019 Doctors at four hospitals in four states (Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma and Michigan) finished transplanting eight kidneys over three weeks. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 6 July 2019 The soaring price of vanilla has been accompanied by an opportunistic crime wave: raiders rip out whole vines to transplant them elsewhere and armed robbers hold up warehouses. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 The work involved transplanting human fetal tissue, which had been acquired from Advanced Bioscience Resources in Alameda, into mice to study how human cells react to chemical compounds that could be used to treat and potentially cure HIV. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "UCSF loses contract as Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 So on July 28, 2016, doctors in Alabama extracted some of Ryals’s bone marrow and, the next day, doctors in California transplanted it into Skye’s bloodstream. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A bride gave bone marrow to save a stranger’s baby. The child lived — and was her flower girl.," 3 July 2018 Nakauchi's ultimate goal is to produce animals with organs made of human cells that can, eventually, be transplanted into people. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sadie is now on the road to recovery after receiving a liver transplant less than two weeks ago. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "CNN analyst Bakari Sellers' baby daughter receives liver transplant, ending months of waiting," 12 Sep. 2019 The toddler received a double stem cell transplant, which his mother explains required him to twice receive a nearly lethal dose of chemotherapy drugs before his own harvested stem cells were placed back into his body to help heal him. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Between his first birthday and his fourth, his family went from fearing a funeral to planning an ‘incredible’ surprise," 28 Aug. 2019 Jaitley was diabetic and had weight-loss surgery in 2014, received a kidney transplant in 2018, and traveled to the United States in January for unspecified medical care. Ashok Sharma, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dies at 66," 25 Aug. 2019 Fifteen-year-old Niyear Perez relied on adult facilities in South Windsor and New Haven for his dialysis treatment for more than a year before receiving a kidney transplant recently. Slade Rand, courant.com, "State’s first pediatric dialysis center will open soon at Connecticut Children’s," 13 Aug. 2019 In 2018, nearly 20,000 Americans received kidney transplants. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin kidney transplant patients with virus will be studied in hopes of finding cure," 6 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, when healthy mice received a fecal transplant from mice with progeria, their health suffered. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Poop transplants can help prematurely old mice live longer," 29 July 2019 River's organs were donated, and Amber wrote on Instagram that at least two other children received transplants from him. NBC News, "Granger Smith shares details of son's drowning, commitment to finding 'meaning' in the tragedy," 20 June 2019 When patients received a liver transplant, the virus always reinfected the new organ, but the pace of this infection was inconsistent. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019

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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)

: 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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