[ verb trans-plant, -plahnt; noun trans-plant, -plahnt ]
See synonyms for: transplanttransplantedtransplanting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to remove (a plant) from one place and plant it in another.

  2. Surgery. to transfer (an organ, tissue, etc.) from one part of the body to another or from one person or animal to another.

  1. to move from one place to another.

  2. to bring (a family, colony, etc.) from one country, region, etc., to another for settlement; relocate.

verb (used without object)
  1. to undergo or accept transplanting: to transplant easily.

  1. the act or process of transplanting.

  2. a plant, organ, person, etc., that has been transplanted.

Origin of transplant

1400–50; late Middle English <Late Latin trānsplantāre, equivalent to Latin trāns-trans- + plantāre to plant

Other words from transplant

  • trans·plant·a·ble, adjective
  • trans·plan·ta·tion, noun
  • trans·plant·er, noun
  • re·trans·plant, verb (used with object)
  • re·trans·plan·ta·tion, noun
  • un·trans·plant·ed, adjective

Words Nearby transplant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use transplant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for transplant


  1. (tr) to remove or transfer (esp a plant) from one place to another

  2. (intr) to be capable of being transplanted

  1. surgery to transfer (an organ or tissue) from one part of the body to another or from one person or animal to another during a grafting or transplant operation

  1. surgery

    • the procedure involved in such a transfer

    • the organ or tissue transplanted

Derived forms of transplant

  • transplantable, adjective
  • transplantation, noun
  • transplanter, noun

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Scientific definitions for transplant


[ trănsplănt′ ]

  1. A plant that has been uprooted and replanted.

  2. A surgical procedure in a human or animal in which a body tissue or organ is transferred from a donor to a recipient or from one part of the body to another. Heart, lung, liver, kidney, corneal, and bone-marrow transplants are performed to treat life-threatening illness. Donated tissue must be histocompatible with that of the recipient to prevent immunological rejection. See also graft.

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