- a person who gives or donates.
- Medicine/Medical. a person or animal providing blood, an organ, bone marrow cells, or other biological tissue for transfusion or transplantation: sperm donor; organ donor.
- Law. a person who gives property by gift, legacy, or devise, or who confers a power of appointment.
- of or relating to the biological tissue of a donor: donor organ.
Origin of donor
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Examples from the Web for donor
What Florida donor is going to give to Rubio and not Bush?How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field
December 16, 2014
For this reason and others, some countries limit the number of offspring a donor can create.The Real Problem With Sperm Banks
October 7, 2014
But luckily, between 2009 and 2011, two of his donor children, Emily and Devin, found him via the DSR.
Wendy Kramer is co-founder, with her donor-conceived son Ryan, of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR).
To gauge his level of truthfulness, I asked, “So, you wouldn't mind if I included your donor identification number in the story?”
They would be cherished, not only for their own sake, but for that of the donor.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
It is proposed that the donor of the amount name the hall at his discretion.
I am expecting,” he said, “that the donor will be paying us a visit here soon.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Underneath, on one side, kneels the donor, behind him stands S. Jerome.Six Centuries of Painting
In this case the donor had escaped, as by a miracle, from a stroke of lightning.Great Artists, Vol 1.
Jennie Ellis Keysor
- a person who makes a donation
- med any person who voluntarily gives blood, skin, a kidney etc, for use in the treatment of another person
- a person who makes a gift of property
- a person who bestows upon another a power of appointment over property
- the atom supplying both electrons in a coordinate bond
- an impurity, such as antimony or arsenic, that is added to a semiconductor material in order to increase its n-type conductivity by contributing free electronsCompare acceptor (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for donor
mid-15c., from Anglo-French donour, Old French doneur (Modern French donneur), from Latin donatorem (nominative donator) "giver, donor," agent noun from past participle stem of donare "give as a gift" (see donation). Of blood, from 1910; of organs or tissues, from 1918.
- One from whom blood, tissue, or an organ is taken for use in a transfusion or transplant.
- A chemical compound that can transfer an atom, a radical, or a particle to an acceptor.