Definition of transplant in English:

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Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈplant/
[with object]
1Move or transfer (something) to another place or situation, typically with some effort or upheaval: his endeavor to transplant people from Russia to the Argentine (as adjective transplanted) a transplanted Easterner
More example sentences
  • If you took an Irish Catholic or a Polish Catholic person and transplanted him or her in southern Italy, would the guilt complex fade away with the sunshine and wine therapy?
  • Ok you may say that they were dangerous and you were giving the people who lived in them a new start by transplanting them out into suburbia.
  • I do it all the time, especially in word processing, when I want to transplant a sentence from one location to another in one of my hellishly long essays.
transfer, move, remove, shift, relocate, take
1.1Replant (a plant) in another place.
Example sentences
  • The seedlings can be left in these pots until planted into the flowerbeds, or can be transplanted into hanging baskets or window boxes when large enough to handle.
  • Mid winter is perfect for repotting your indoor plants since many plants need to be transplanted into larger containers every two to three years.
  • Flowering bulbs can be transplanted, if done carefully, into decorative containers.
replant, repot, relocate
1.2Remove (living tissue or an organ) and implant it in another part of the body or in another body.
Example sentences
  • Many different tissues can be transplanted such as whole organs like the heart, or cells as in bone marrow transplantation.
  • Kidneys were the first organs to be successfully transplanted.
  • Since there was no artificial liver or heart equivalent to the artificial kidney, if these transplanted organs did not function immediately, death was inevitable.
transfer, implant


Pronunciation: /ˈtran(t)splant/
1An operation in which an organ or tissue is transplanted: a heart transplant kidneys available for transplant
More example sentences
  • A leading clergyman who has bounced back after a transplant operation and surgery for cancer is facing a third major operation this week.
  • He's had a heart transplant operation and it's proved successful.
  • He underwent a transplant operation four-and-a-half years ago, but the kidney donated by his father was rejected.
1.1An organ or tissue that is transplanted.
Example sentences
  • Another theory is that a woman's higher oestrogen levels make her organs more prone to rejection and at the same time make it more likely that her body will reject an organ transplant.
  • The transplant rejects the body rather than the other way around, a very nasty situation called graft versus host disease.
  • You may have to take medicine for the rest of your life to prevent your body from rejecting the transplant.
1.2A plant that has been or is to be transplanted.
Example sentences
  • Growing early season plants in pots for transplant in October will provide ripe tomatoes by Christmas.
  • There are no worries of freezing weather and no need for plant lights for these transplants and the blowing wind and bright sunlight will help produce stocky, vigorous plants.
  • Our average last frost is around mid-February, but often we can plant tomato transplants in early February.
1.3A person or thing that has been moved to a new place or situation.
Example sentences
  • But hey, if they wiped out its whole population and moved in transplants from Center City, I wouldn't complain!
  • The Gang actually was a band of Florida transplants who moved north for bigger purses.



Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈplan(t)əb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • And they're working on the transgenic pig that will grow transplantable organs.
  • Recent advances in human tissue transplantation have created an exploding commercial industry for the purpose of supplying hospitals and clinics with transplantable human tissue.
  • We review the evidence and arguments that expose these problems and present an alternative ethical framework to guide the procurement of transplantable organs.


Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈplan(t)ər/
Example sentences
  • He introduced renal dialysis, was the physician to the first kidney transplanters, and brought the Howard Hughes Medical Institute into being.
  • However, Lock is interviewing the people really involved: relatives and recipients, transplanters and harvesters.
  • At first, researchers modified a Holland transplanter by adding a front coulter to slice through cover crop residues, which worked well in moist, mellow soils.


Late Middle English (as a verb describing the repositioning of a plant): from late Latin transplantare, from Latin trans- 'across' + plantare 'to plant'. The noun, first in the sense 'something or someone moved to a new place', dates from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with transplant

aren't, aslant, aunt, can't, chant, courante, détente, enchant, entente, grant, implant, Nantes, plant, shan't, slant, supplant, underplant

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Syllabification: trans·plant

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