[ verb trans-plant, -plahnt; noun trans-plant, -plahnt ]
/ verb trænsˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt; noun ˈtrænsˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to undergo or accept transplanting: to transplant easily.


the act or process of transplanting.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for transplant


verb (trænsˈplɑːnt)

(tr) to remove or transfer (esp a plant) from one place to another
(intr) to be capable of being transplanted
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

noun (ˈtrænsˌplɑːnt)

  1. the procedure involved in such a transfer
  2. the organ or tissue transplanted
transplantable, adjectivetransplantation, nountransplanter, noun
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Medical definitions for transplant

[ trăns-plănt ]


To transfer a tissue or an organ from one body or body part to another.


The act or process of transplanting.
The tissue or organ so used.
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Scientific definitions for transplant

[ trănsplănt′ ]

A plant that has been uprooted and replanted.
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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