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 transplant (audio) \ noun
transplantable \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transplant (audio) \ adjective
transplantation \ ˌtran(t)s-​ˌplan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce transplant (audio) \ noun
transplanter \ tran(t)s-​ˈplan-​tər How to pronounce transplant (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 In 2018 and 2019 researchers in Mexico and Israel used the Mote team’s strategy to generate coral fragments and transplant them onto reefs just off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Will Probiotics Save Corals or Harm Them?," 1 May 2021 When the seedlings are 4-6 inches tall, transplant them to small containers or rows in a garden. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "It’s difficult to determine what hybrid tomato plant seeds will produce," 1 May 2021 Kyoto University Hospital said the woman underwent an 11-hour operation by a 30-strong medical team on Wednesday to transplant lung tissue from her husband and son. Julia Hollingsworth And Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Japanese doctors perform world's first living donor lung transplant to a Covid-19 patient," 9 Apr. 2021 Now is a good time to transplant the bird of paradise so there is minimal stress on the plants with a quick recovery expected. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Warm weather will help regreen desert roses," 3 Apr. 2021 In six or eight weeks, the seedlings will be large enough to transplant into your garden, just as the soil warms up. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here’s what to plant now in your March garden," 6 Mar. 2021 His solution was to transplant heads (containing their brains) onto cadavers that were brain dead but otherwise physiologically viable. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher’ Review: A Heart in the Right Place," 21 Feb. 2021 Rooting during the warmer months requires six to eight weeks to begin and about 12 weeks before the cuttings are ready to transplant into individual containers. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Blueberries need more care than most fruiting plants," 20 Feb. 2021 Messiah holds the bag used to transplant his sister's bone marrow into him in March. Washington Post, "She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 107,000 people in the US currently need a lifesaving organ transplant. Faith Karimi, CNN, "The pandemic disrupted organ transplants. But these three siblings aren't giving up," 29 Apr. 2021 Dobbs had waited for a kidney unsuccessfully in Huntsville and Nashville and heard through friends that Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola was opening a kidney transplant program. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama forecaster Gary Dobbs got the ride of his life from an F-5 tornado on April 27, 2011," 27 Apr. 2021 The only treatment is a liver transplant, but his cancer precluded that option. Mallory Busch, chicagotribune.com, "1985 Chicago Bears: Where are they now?," 24 Apr. 2021 Greg Steltenpohl, the founder of juice giant Odwalla and nut milk maker Califia Farms, and for decades a leader in the national beverage industry died on March 11 from complications from a liver transplant. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Beverage pioneer Greg Steltenpohl, founder of Odwalla and Califia Farms, has died," 15 Mar. 2021 For four months, my husband, Brad, had been recovering from a stem-cell transplant that saved his life from aggressive lymphoma. Kate Washington, Star Tribune, "50 million Americans are unpaid caregivers and need help," 23 Feb. 2021 Also being added to the Phase 1B for Illinois starting Feb. 25 includes people with chronic kidney disease, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity, pregnancy, pulmonary disease and sickle cell disease. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Despite continued criticism, Pritzker touts vaccine rollout, plans to expand Phase 1B later this month," 11 Feb. 2021 But the University of Alabama transplant program had raised its body mass index limit to 40 back in 2015. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Investigative Reporting," 21 Dec. 2020 Wisconsin has already needed to import plasma from other states, but that might not continue as the shortage of donors continues in all areas, Dr. Ajay Sahajpal, director of the transplant program for Advocate Aurora, said. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're going to be in trouble': Wisconsin critically short on plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients," 14 Nov. 2020

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

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6 May 2021

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“Transplant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transplant. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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