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[v. trans-plant, -plahnt; n. trans-plant, -plahnt] /v. trænsˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt; n. ˈtrænsˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to remove (a plant) from one place and plant it in another.
Surgery. to transfer (an organ, tissue, etc.) from one part of the body to another or from one person or animal to another.
to move from one place to another.
to bring (a family, colony, etc.) from one country, region, etc., to another for settlement; relocate.
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.
Origin of transplant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsplantāre, equivalent to Latin trāns- trans- + plantāre to plant
Related forms
transplantable, adjective
transplantation, noun
transplanter, noun
retransplant, verb (used with object)
retransplantation, noun
untransplanted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Some attempts were made to transplant the theories of the symbolists to Denmark, but without signal success.

  • The only thing to do with that plant is to transplant it and let it get nourishment in a new spot.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is not always easy to transplant this art of cookery, even if the women had time to practice it here as they did at home.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
  • transplant the vines in the early Spring, or, better, in the Fall.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • I went over to help Mr. Welles transplant his Brussels sprouts, and we got to talking.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
British Dictionary definitions for transplant


verb (trænsˈplɑːnt)
(transitive) to remove or transfer (esp a plant) from one place to another
(intransitive) 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
Derived Forms
transplantable, adjective
transplantation, noun
transplanter, 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.


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

transplant trans·plant (trāns-plānt')
v. trans·plant·ed, trans·plant·ing, trans·plants
To transfer a tissue or an organ from one body or body part to another. n. (trāns'plānt')

  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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