[ 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


im·plant·er, nounun·im·plant·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for implant


verb (ɪmˈplɑːnt) (tr)

to establish firmly; inculcate; instilto 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 of implant

implanter, noun
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Medical definitions for implant

[ ĭm-plănt ]


To insert or embed an object or a device surgically.
To graft or insert a tissue within the body.
To become attached to and embedded in the uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.


Something implanted, especially a surgically implanted tissue or device.
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Scientific definitions for implant



(ĭmplănt′) Something that is placed, usually surgically, within a living body, as grafted tissue or a medical device, such as a pacemaker.


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