Definition of transplant in English:


Pronunciation: /tranzˈplɑːnt//transˈplɑːnt/


  • 1Move or transfer (someone or something) to another place or situation.

    ‘it was proposed to transplant the club to the vacant site’
    ‘she's a transplanted New Yorker’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Merely pronouncing them won't do it nor, most likely, will simply transplanting American methods into alien soil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These guys leave absolutely nothing unsaid; had the characters been transplanted into real life they would be the most annoying individuals ever… hands down.’
    • ‘After transplanting the tale to Liège, they sought to dramatize how a father might cope with the temptation to take revenge.’
    • ‘He is very conscious of the problems inherent in transplanting a Victorian melodrama onto a modern stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This can be quite time-consuming and complicated, but worth every extra minute when it comes to transplanting the whole family.’
    • ‘Visitors from more developed Western countries do not need much time to understand why transplanted Greeks take to restauranteuring.’
    • ‘And in that process, he places himself against borrowing folk arts and transplanting them in a new milieu.’
    • ‘It's a pretty tough position in your own home country so transplanting those challenges overseas may seem a bit overwhelming.’
    • ‘There is a grave danger in transplanting a song from a musical and presenting it in the folk genre.’
    transfer, transport, move, remove, shift, convey, displace, relocate, reposition, resettle, take, carry, fetch, bring
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    1. 1.1Replant (a plant) in another place.
      ‘lift and transplant bulbs when they are becoming overcrowded’
      • ‘Set slips deep enough to cover three-fourths of the stem and water them promptly after transplanting to the garden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Commercial growers, incidentally, prefer the dormant plants because they make better runners than plants that are transplanted before they go dormant.’
      • ‘Seedlings must be transplanted twice before being planted on the slopes where they will be allowed to mature.’
      • ‘For perennial plants, cuttings may be planted in situ or in a nursery and later transplanted in spring or summer.’
      • ‘Still, many young, recently transplanted trees are fertilized to prevent nutrient deficiencies and stimulate more rapid growth.’
      • ‘Inoculated seedlings were transplanted into pots containing 180 ml perlite/sand medium.’
      • ‘Newly transplanted ornamentals have limited root systems and will be under stress.’
      • ‘The extra seedlings can be transplanted but require frequent watering for the first several weeks.’
      • ‘Sow vegetables and flowering annual seeds indoors about six weeks before transplanting to the garden.’
      • ‘The cost to transplant each tree is about $3,500, excluding arborist services and care and maintenance.’
      • ‘Flowering bulbs can be transplanted, if done carefully, into decorative containers.’
      • ‘Mid winter is perfect for repotting your indoor plants since many plants need to be transplanted into larger containers every two to three years.’
      • ‘The following herbicides can be safely applied to labeled newly transplanted stock, with the restrictions noted.’
      • ‘Cranberry plants are transplanted to new farm fields in April or May.’
      • ‘Seedlings were then transplanted into clay pots and grown under 16-hour days in the University greenhouses.’
      • ‘You can transplant in the spring up until the plants leaf out.’
      • ‘So now you have 2 great methods for successfully transplanting rose bushes.’
      • ‘A few rainy days were spent cleaning up the field, so there are several neat rows and some newly transplanted banana trees.’
      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’
    ‘the rejection of transplanted organs’
    • ‘The right side of the liver was transplanted into an adult patient, who also survived.’
    • ‘Organs routinely are transplanted from one person to another, and even some limb transplants have been successful.’
    • ‘Kidneys were the first organs to be successfully transplanted.’
    • ‘Scientists hope to someday cure disease by transplanting healthy stem cells into sick people.’
    • ‘Instead of transplanting an organ, the cells of an organ are being transplanted.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, successfully transplanting animal organs into human beings is still a long way off.’
    • ‘Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s.’
    • ‘Please sign a donor card; physicians will decide whether your organs and tissues can be transplanted.’
    • ‘If a cadaver liver is available, it can be transplanted into an adult recipient.’
    • ‘The heart or other organs can be transplanted or kept going by mechanical methodry, but the brain without electrical impulse is useless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The organs need to be transplanted into the other person within a matter of hours.’
    • ‘With her cancer cured, the ovarian tissue was transplanted back into her body, and she began ovulating normally again.’
    • ‘Organs transplanted from living donors achieve a greater rate of success than do organs from deceased donors.’
    • ‘There are currently researchers working across the country transplanting embryonic stem cells into rats.’
    • ‘Many different tissues can be transplanted such as whole organs like the heart, or cells as in bone marrow transplantation.’
    • ‘Now Israeli scientists have successfully transplanted embryonic pig stem cells into mice.’
    • ‘The miniature kidneys and heart tissue were then transplanted back into the cows that the adult cells were taken from.’
    • ‘Even with a human-to-human organ transplant the body's defence mechanisms attempt to destroy the foreign organ.’
    • ‘Since there was no artificial liver or heart equivalent to the artificial kidney, if these transplanted organs did not function immediately, death was inevitable.’
    graft, transfer, implant
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  • 1An operation in which an organ or tissue is transplanted.

    ‘a heart transplant’
    [mass noun] ‘kidneys available for transplant’
    • ‘Over the next 20 years the clinic's international reputation grew and the first heart transplant was performed there.’
    • ‘The youngster starts 10 days of chemotherapy, which will be immediately followed by a life-saving stem cell 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.’
    • ‘People who need corneal transplants will be able to get corneal transplants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We report the case of a woman who had undergone a successful allogeneic bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia.’
    • ‘The doctor who led the operation is one of the world's leading transplant surgeons.’
    • ‘Cornea transplants are one of the most common organ and tissue transplants performed in the United States.’
    • ‘The world's first successful lung transplant was performed at Toronto General in November of 1983.’
    • ‘Organ transplants are major surgery and if you find a suitable donor and survive, life is the big prize.’
    • ‘My doctor was one of the nation's leading surgeons for corneal transplants.’
    • ‘Each was followed by charts depicting nerve function before and after the transplant surgery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This would give a second chance to people who are waiting for organ transplants for which available organs are in short supply.’
    • ‘She was recently diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and is awaiting a renal transplant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A leading clergyman who has bounced back after a transplant operation and surgery for cancer is facing a third major operation this week.’
    • ‘How do doctors choose who deserves to have a life-saving liver transplant?’
    1. 1.1An organ or tissue which is transplanted.
      ‘a drug to prevent the body rejecting bone marrow transplants’
      • ‘It is vital to work out how to prevent these transplants from being rejected.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is like a human transplant patient rejecting the transplant, but more complicated.’
      • ‘The transplants had a toxic effect in many of the women, having not only anti-tumor activity but also attacking normal cells.’
      • ‘You may have to take medicine for the rest of your life to prevent your body from rejecting 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.’
      • ‘If you have had an autologous transplant, your body will not reject the bone marrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But still, in the end most of the transplants have been rejected, and usually sooner rather than later.’
      • ‘The transplant rejects the body rather than the other way around, a very nasty situation called graft versus host disease.’
  • 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.