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[verb trans-plant, -plahnt; noun trans-plant, -plahnt]
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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.
  3. to move from one place to another.
  4. to bring (a family, colony, etc.) from one country, region, etc., to another for settlement; relocate.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to undergo or accept transplanting: to transplant easily.
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  1. the act or process of transplanting.
  2. a plant, organ, person, etc., that has been transplanted.
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Origin of transplant

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsplantāre, equivalent to Latin trāns- trans- + plantāre to plant
Related formstrans·plant·a·ble, adjectivetrans·plan·ta·tion, nountrans·plant·er, nounre·trans·plant, verb (used with object)re·trans·plan·ta·tion, nounun·trans·plant·ed, adjective
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verb (trænsˈplɑːnt)
  1. (tr) to remove or transfer (esp a plant) from one place to another
  2. (intr) to be capable of being transplanted
  3. 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
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noun (ˈtrænsˌplɑːnt)
  1. surgery
    1. the procedure involved in such a transfer
    2. the organ or tissue transplanted
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Derived Formstransplantable, adjectivetransplantation, nountransplanter, noun
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Word Origin and History for transplant


mid-15c., from Late Latin transplantare "plant again in a different place," from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + plantare "to plant" (see plant (v.)). Extended to people (1550s) and then to organs or tissue (1786). Related: Transplanted; transplanting.

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1756, in reference to plants, from transplant (v.); in reference to surgical transplanting of human organs or tissue it is first recorded 1951, but not in widespread use until Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first successful heart transplant in 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. Meaning "person not native to his place of residence" is recorded from 1961.

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transplant in Medicine


  1. To transfer a tissue or an organ from one body or body part to another.
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  1. The act or process of transplanting.
  2. The tissue or organ so used.
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transplant in Science


  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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