Definition of explant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈsplant/
Pronunciation: /ekˈsplant/
[with object] (often as adjective explanted)
Transfer (living cells, tissues, or organs) from animals or plants to a nutrient medium.
Example sentences
  • Using explanted tissues from embryos of different ages, it has been shown that mesoderm induction is almost complete by the time gastrulation starts.
  • As discussed in the introduction, the majority of studies aimed at transforming normal diploid cells in culture were carried out using freshly explanted diploid rodent cells.
  • Other implantables that are explanted, reprocessed, and reimplanted into new patients include orthopedic prostheses and dental appliances.


Pronunciation: /ˈeksplant/
A cell, organ, or piece of tissue that has been transferred in this way.
Example sentences
  • Soybean explants consisting of a piece of stem and subtending leaf might allow the examination of water stress susceptibility without the possible interfering effects of the roots.
  • Adventitious buds have been induced from protoplast culture, on leaf explants and on strips of stem.
  • Tips of generative shoots excised from flowering beets were the explants used to initiate axenic shoot cultures.



Pronunciation: /ikˌsplanˈtāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ekˌsplanˈtāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Other possible causes are trauma or injury to the breast, compression from mammography, accidents during implantation or explantation, manufacturing defects, and normal wear.
  • If the manufacturer of the explanted device cannot be identified by the device itself, the institution should make a good faith attempt to find out who the manufacturer is and report the device's explantation.
  • This saves energy, prolonging the life of the implanted device, minimizing the risk and expense to patient associated with early explantation and replacement of the implanted device.


Early 20th century: from modern Latin explantare, from ex- 'out' + plantare 'to plant'.

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Syllabification: ex·plant

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