[ verb eks-plant, -plahnt; noun eks-plant, -plahnt ]
/ verb ɛksˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt; noun ˈɛksˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt /

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 forms

ex·plan·ta·tion, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for explantation


/ (ɛksˈplɑːnt) /


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 Forms

explantation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for explantation


[ ĕk-splănt ]


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


Tissue so transferred.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.