xe·​no·​trans·​plan·​ta·​tion ˌze-nə-ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce xenotransplantation (audio)
: transplantation of an organ, tissue, or cells between two different species

Examples of xenotransplantation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But xenotransplantation still comes with significant risks. Patrick Martin, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2024 The surgery marks the latest advance for xenotransplantation—the use of animal organs in people—which scientists have been pursuing for decades due to a shortage of suitable human donor organs. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2024 The announcement marks the latest development in xenotransplantation, the term for efforts to try to heal human patients with cells, tissues, or organs from animals. Mike Stobbe, Fortune Well, 21 Mar. 2024 Because Bennett didn’t qualify for a traditional heart transplant, xenotransplantation was his only hope to stay alive. Elizabeth Svoboda, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2023 The new data could help convince regulators that xenotransplantation is ready for clinical trials in humans. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2023 For decades, the Maryland group and others have been exploring xenotransplantation, or transplanting animal organs into people, as a way to ease the donor organ shortage. WIRED, 25 Sep. 2023 But pig kidneys that filter human urine and pig hearts that beat inside human bodies haven’t yet fulfilled xenotransplantation’s promise. Elizabeth Svoboda, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2023 At the University of Maryland Medical Center and elsewhere, researchers have been studying the possibility of transplanting animal organs into people—known as xenotransplantation—as a way to ease the human organ shortage. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xenotransplantation was in 1969

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“Xenotransplantation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenotransplantation. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


xe·​no·​trans·​plan·​ta·​tion -ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce xenotransplantation (audio)
: transplantation of an organ, tissue, or cells between two different species (as a human and a domestic swine)
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