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[verb im-plant, -plahnt; noun im-plant, -plahnt] /verb ɪmˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt; noun ˈɪmˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to put or fix firmly:
to implant sound principles in a child's mind.
to plant securely.
Medicine/Medical. to insert or graft (a tissue, organ, or inert substance) into the body.
  1. any device or material, especially of an inert substance, used for repairing or replacing part of the body.
  2. medication or radioactive material inserted into tissue for sustained therapy.
  3. implantation (def 1).
  1. an artificial tooth that has been inserted permanently into the jaw.
  2. a metal framework attached to the bones of the jaw for supporting artificial teeth.
Origin of implant
First recorded in 1535-45; im-1 + plant
Related forms
implanter, noun
unimplanted, adjective Unabridged
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  • He is the best doctor who can implant hope and courage in the human soul.

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  • You will also begin to implant in the boy's mind a desire for travel.

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  • "implant lessons of virtue and well-doing in earliest childhood," says Plato.

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  • And as with the idea of property, so is it with all the other ideas which we have sought to implant in them.

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  • That is not to be wondered at, either, for we have done all we can to implant it there.

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  • Every act initiates a new habit and may implant a new instinct.

British Dictionary definitions for implant


verb (transitive) (ɪmˈplɑːnt)
to establish firmly; inculcate; instil: to implant sound moral principles
to plant or embed; infix; entrench
  1. to graft (a tissue) into the body
  2. to insert (a radioactive substance, hormone, etc) into the tissues
noun (ˈɪmˌplɑːnt)
anything implanted, esp surgically, such as a tissue graft or hormone
Derived Forms
implanter, noun
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Word Origin and History for implant

early 15c., from French implanter "to insert, engraft," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + planter "to plant" (see plant (n.)). Related: Implanted; implanting.


1890 as "thing implanted;" 1941 as "action of implanting," from implant (v.). Related: Implants, by 1981 as short for breast implants (1976).

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implant in Medicine

implant im·plant (ĭm-plānt')
v. im·plant·ed, im·plant·ing, im·plants

  1. To insert or embed an object or a device surgically.

  2. To graft or insert a tissue within the body.

  3. To become attached to and embedded in the uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.

n. (ĭm'plānt')
Something implanted, especially a surgically implanted tissue or device.
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implant in Science
Noun  (ĭm'plānt') Something that is placed, usually surgically, within a living body, as grafted tissue or a medical device, such as a pacemaker.

  1. (ĭm-plānt')

  2. To become attached to and embedded in the maternal uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.

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