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

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 formsim·plant·er, nounun·im·plant·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for implant

embed, fix, instill, inculcate, root

Examples from the Web for implant

Contemporary Examples of implant

Historical Examples of implant

  • He is the best doctor who can implant hope and courage in the human soul.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

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

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

    That Last Waif

    Horace Fletcher

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

    Eskimo Life

    Fridtjof Nansen

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

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 Formsimplanter, 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

implant in Medicine




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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implant in Science



(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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