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 If the donor's testes were transplanted during the procedure, the recipient potentially could have fathered a child with the other man's genetic material. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran wounded in Afghanistan ‘feeling whole’ after breakthrough penis and scrotum transplant," 7 Nov. 2019 For some diseases such as certain blood conditions, the relevant cells can be edited outside the body (ex vivo), then transplanted back into the patient, which makes editing the relevant cells easier in some respects. Sharon Begley, STAT, "You had questions for David Liu about CRISPR, prime editing, and advice to young scientists. He has answers," 6 Nov. 2019 This is like the dirtiest of the dirty D.C. politics transplanted into the ultra-rich city where the sun always shines and money never stops flowing. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about Netflix's The Politician," 27 Sep. 2019 The United Network for Organ Sharing, which is a national body that organizes and regulates organ transplants, gave a go-ahead to OHSU to start transplanting hearts again, according to OHSU. oregonlive.com, "OHSU announces it could start heart transplants again," 27 Aug. 2019 The show’s change in location from Los Angeles to Vegas could have heralded new creative energy for GLOW, transplanted into a city of windowless casino floors, bottomless well-liquor pours, and contagious desperation. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "GLOW Goes Post-plot," 8 Aug. 2019 Prather, Lai, and co-workers set out to genetically engineer a pig whose organs could be transplanted into humans without rejection. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "China’s CRISPR push in animals promises better meat, novel therapies, and pig organs for people," 31 July 2019 At Stanford, Nakauchi has placed human iPS cells within fertilized sheep eggs and transplanted the embryos into the wombs of sheep. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "I Guess You Can Grow a Human Pancreas In a Rat Now," 26 July 2019 Scallions can be directly sown or transplanted into your August garden. Hilary Dahl, Good Housekeeping, "How to Plant a Fall Garden and Grow Late-Season Crops," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the transplant performed on the wounded veteran was far more extensive because of the severity of his injuries. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran wounded in Afghanistan ‘feeling whole’ after breakthrough penis and scrotum transplant," 7 Nov. 2019 Rooney's hair transplant back in 2011 was initially only speculation until the big man came out confirmed it. SI.com, "34 of Wayne Rooney's Greatest Tweets on His 34th Birthday," 24 Oct. 2019 The whole transplant was a meticulous, repetitive process. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 Living liver transplants are rare — only a few hundred happen in the U.S. each year — and 1 in 500 donors don't survive the surgery. CBS News, "Ford worker makes life-saving liver donation to stranger at rival automaker," 3 Oct. 2019 According to his doctors, a bone marrow transplant within the next two years is his best chance of leading a long and healthy life. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Just the right person can save a little boy," 19 Sep. 2019 And the New Bedford transplants, including her grandson and his Florida Atlantic University roommates, are on tenterhooks as the forecast keeps shifting. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "Florida transplants from New Bedford await Dorian," 1 Sep. 2019 The first successful kidney transplant was only 65 years ago. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 The murder of Walton Ford, a southern transplant to New York City in the 1930s was a case in point. James Polchin, Time, "How True-Crime Stories Reveal the Overlooked History of Pre-Stonewall Violence Against Queer People," 4 June 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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12 Nov 2019

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transplant

verb
How to pronounce transplant (audio)

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
How to pronounce transplant (audio)

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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