Definition of transplant in English:


Pronunciation /transˈplɑːnt//trɑːnsˈplɑːnt/


[with object]
Pronunciation /transˈplɑːnt//trɑːnsˈplɑːnt/
  • 1Move or transfer (someone or something) to another place or situation.

    ‘it was proposed to transplant the club to the vacant site’
    • ‘This can be quite time-consuming and complicated, but worth every extra minute when it comes to transplanting the whole family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was transplanted from Kenya as a toddler to Britain where her father was turned down for a position at Barclay's Bank in London because he was a Sikh.’
    • ‘Those transplanted Germans dealt with the xenophobic fears of their neighbors through two world wars and wanted no hint of an association with a former Nazi.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It's a pretty tough position in your own home country so transplanting those challenges overseas may seem a bit overwhelming.’
    • ‘Merely pronouncing them won't do it nor, most likely, will simply transplanting American methods into alien soil.’
    • ‘Instead, the problems of the world are transplanted into the realm of attitude and behaviour; as though, if people only think right, that will make all be right with the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After transplanting the tale to Liège, they sought to dramatize how a father might cope with the temptation to take revenge.’
    • ‘Visitors from more developed Western countries do not need much time to understand why transplanted Greeks take to restauranteuring.’
    • ‘However, recent research has shown conclusively that whole systems of thought were transplanted to the Americas.’
    • ‘Many foreigners have gone through the process of having their lives uprooted and transplanted back to their parents homeland.’
    • ‘I know that transplanting this system to America would not be easy, but you could do no worse than try adopting at least some elements of it.’
    • ‘And in that process, he places himself against borrowing folk arts and transplanting them in a new milieu.’
    • ‘He is very conscious of the problems inherent in transplanting a Victorian melodrama onto a modern stage.’
    • ‘These guys leave absolutely nothing unsaid; had the characters been transplanted into real life they would be the most annoying individuals ever… hands down.’
    • ‘There is a grave danger in transplanting a song from a musical and presenting it in the folk genre.’
    • ‘He plays a football coach and father of 12 who transplants his kids from Podunk, Illinois to Chicago when he's offered the dream job of coaching his college football team.’
    • ‘It made no attempt to document any kind of Irish reality: it was an exercise in pure cinema, successfully transplanting the conventions of the Hollywood caper into the Irish landscape.’
    transfer, transport, move, remove, shift, convey, displace, relocate, reposition, resettle, take, carry, fetch, bring
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    1. 1.1 Replant (a plant) in another place.
      ‘lift and transplant bulbs when they are becoming overcrowded’
      • ‘Still, many young, recently transplanted trees are fertilized to prevent nutrient deficiencies and stimulate more rapid growth.’
      • ‘The cost to transplant each tree is about $3,500, excluding arborist services and care and maintenance.’
      • ‘Seedlings must be transplanted twice before being planted on the slopes where they will be allowed to mature.’
      • ‘Flowering bulbs can be transplanted, if done carefully, into decorative containers.’
      • ‘You can transplant in the spring up until the plants leaf out.’
      • ‘Set slips deep enough to cover three-fourths of the stem and water them promptly after transplanting to the garden.’
      • ‘Cranberry plants are transplanted to new farm fields in April or May.’
      • ‘Sow vegetables and flowering annual seeds indoors about six weeks before transplanting to the garden.’
      • ‘The extra seedlings can be transplanted but require frequent watering for the first several weeks.’
      • ‘The following herbicides can be safely applied to labeled newly transplanted stock, with the restrictions noted.’
      • ‘So now you have 2 great methods for successfully transplanting rose bushes.’
      • ‘Mid winter is perfect for repotting your indoor plants since many plants need to be transplanted into larger containers every two to three years.’
      • ‘Commercial growers, incidentally, prefer the dormant plants because they make better runners than plants that are transplanted before they go dormant.’
      • ‘Seedlings were then transplanted into clay pots and grown under 16-hour days in the University greenhouses.’
      • ‘Inoculated seedlings were transplanted into pots containing 180 ml perlite/sand medium.’
      • ‘A few rainy days were spent cleaning up the field, so there are several neat rows and some newly transplanted banana trees.’
      • ‘For perennial plants, cuttings may be planted in situ or in a nursery and later transplanted in spring or summer.’
      • ‘Newly transplanted ornamentals have limited root systems and will be under stress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Try transplanting a few flowers and herbs, or a pepper plant, into windowsill pots to keep summer around a little longer.’
      replant, repot, relocate
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  • 2Take (living tissue or an organ) and implant it in another part of the body or in another body.

    ‘a kidney was transplanted from one identical twin to another’
    • ‘If a cadaver liver is available, it can be transplanted into an adult recipient.’
    • ‘There are currently researchers working across the country transplanting embryonic stem cells into rats.’
    • ‘Now Israeli scientists have successfully transplanted embryonic pig stem cells into mice.’
    • ‘With her cancer cured, the ovarian tissue was transplanted back into her body, and she began ovulating normally again.’
    • ‘The miniature kidneys and heart tissue were then transplanted back into the cows that the adult cells were taken from.’
    • ‘Many different tissues can be transplanted such as whole organs like the heart, or cells as in bone marrow transplantation.’
    • ‘The organs need to be transplanted into the other person within a matter of hours.’
    • ‘Instead of transplanting an organ, the cells of an organ are being transplanted.’
    • ‘Even with a human-to-human organ transplant the body's defence mechanisms attempt to destroy the foreign organ.’
    • ‘Kidneys were the first organs to be successfully transplanted.’
    • ‘Scientists have produced evidence that stem cells from the brain may be among the few tissues that can be transplanted from one body to another with minimal risk of rejection.’
    • ‘Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, successfully transplanting animal organs into human beings is still a long way off.’
    • ‘The right side of the liver was transplanted into an adult patient, who also survived.’
    • ‘Organs transplanted from living donors achieve a greater rate of success than do organs from deceased donors.’
    • ‘Since there was no artificial liver or heart equivalent to the artificial kidney, if these transplanted organs did not function immediately, death was inevitable.’
    • ‘Please sign a donor card; physicians will decide whether your organs and tissues can be transplanted.’
    • ‘Scientists hope to someday cure disease by transplanting healthy stem cells into sick people.’
    • ‘Organs routinely are transplanted from one person to another, and even some limb transplants have been successful.’
    • ‘The heart or other organs can be transplanted or kept going by mechanical methodry, but the brain without electrical impulse is useless.’
    graft, transfer, implant
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Pronunciation /ˈtrɑːnsplɑːnt//ˈtransplɑːnt/
  • 1An operation in which an organ or tissue is transplanted.

    ‘a heart transplant’
    mass noun ‘kidneys available for transplant’
    • ‘People who need corneal transplants will be able to get corneal transplants.’
    • ‘This would give a second chance to people who are waiting for organ transplants for which available organs are in short supply.’
    • ‘Not only is he the majority leader, he's also a cardiac transplant surgeon.’
    • ‘Last year, Britain recorded its the highest number of organ transplant operations ever with 2,867 carried out thanks to the generosity of 1,240 donors.’
    • ‘Over the next 20 years the clinic's international reputation grew and the first heart transplant was performed there.’
    • ‘Cornea transplants are one of the most common organ and tissue transplants performed in the United States.’
    • ‘He's had a heart transplant operation and it's proved successful.’
    • ‘The doctor who led the operation is one of the world's leading transplant surgeons.’
    • ‘The youngster starts 10 days of chemotherapy, which will be immediately followed by a life-saving stem cell transplant.’
    • ‘Organ transplants are major surgery and if you find a suitable donor and survive, life is the big prize.’
    • ‘The world's first successful lung transplant was performed at Toronto General in November of 1983.’
    • ‘My doctor was one of the nation's leading surgeons for corneal transplants.’
    • ‘He underwent a transplant operation four-and-a-half years ago, but the kidney donated by his father was rejected.’
    • ‘A leading clergyman who has bounced back after a transplant operation and surgery for cancer is facing a third major operation this week.’
    • ‘She was recently diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and is awaiting a renal transplant.’
    • ‘Each was followed by charts depicting nerve function before and after the transplant surgery.’
    • ‘We report the case of a woman who had undergone a successful allogeneic bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia.’
    • ‘How do doctors choose who deserves to have a life-saving liver transplant?’
    • ‘The best current methods for transplant surgery or against organ rejection cannot be separated from the research and healthcare settings that make such practices possible.’
    • ‘It isn't a problem if you're a normal, healthy individual, but if you go into hospital for a kidney transplant or similar operation, you will be very vulnerable.’
    1. 1.1 An organ or tissue which is transplanted.
      ‘a drug to prevent the body rejecting bone marrow transplants’
      • ‘If you need a new heart or liver, it might be possible to grow a new perfect transplant using your own cells.’
      • ‘Currently in the United States, more than 80,000 people are living with functioning renal transplants.’
      • ‘If you have had an autologous transplant, your body will not reject the bone marrow.’
      • ‘The transplants had a toxic effect in many of the women, having not only anti-tumor activity but also attacking normal cells.’
      • ‘It is like a human transplant patient rejecting the transplant, but more complicated.’
      • ‘The second problem with kidney transplantation is that the recipient's body recognises the transplant as if it were an invader, and tries to destroy it.’
      • ‘Should the recipient's body reject the transplant, it raises the possibility that the patient will be left worse off than before.’
      • ‘The transplant rejects the body rather than the other way around, a very nasty situation called graft versus host disease.’
      • ‘But still, in the end most of the transplants have been rejected, and usually sooner rather than later.’
      • ‘He is likely to be in hospital for at least a month and will be taking drugs to suppress his immune system so that his body does not reject the transplant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is vital to work out how to prevent these transplants from being rejected.’
      • ‘You may have to take medicine for the rest of your life to prevent your body from rejecting the transplant.’
  • 2A person or thing that has been moved to a new place or situation.

    ‘both old-time residents and new transplants have deep loyalty to their community’
    ‘the trees were bare-rooted transplants’
    • ‘The Gang actually was a band of Florida transplants who moved north for bigger purses.’
    • ‘But hey, if they wiped out its whole population and moved in transplants from Center City, I wouldn't complain!’


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 sense 2, dates from the mid 18th century.