[verb eks-plant, -plahnt; noun eks-plant, -plahnt]

verb (used with object)

to take living material from an animal or plant and place it in a culture medium.


a piece of explanted tissue.

Origin of explant

From the New Latin word explantāre, dating back to 1570–80. See ex-1, plant
Related formsex·plan·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for explant



to transfer (living tissue) from its natural site to a new site or to a culture medium


a piece of tissue treated in this way
Derived Formsexplantation, noun
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explant in Medicine




To transfer living tissue from an organism to an artificial medium for culture.


Tissue so transferred.
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