Definition of engraft in US English:


(also ingraft)


  • another term for graft
    • ‘God's expectations of right behaviour are engrafted into the human heart because we are made in the moral image of God.’
    • ‘These cells were separated from other cells and then engrafted into mouse kidneys.’
    • ‘They inject me with the new bone marrow and hopefully it will engraft and start to make new, healthy cells instead of cancerous ones.’
    • ‘The clergy, by getting themselves established by law, & ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.’
    • ‘In a successful transplant the new bone marrow migrates to the cavities of the large bones, engrafts and begins producing normal blood cells.’


Late 16th century (formerly also as engraff, ingraft): from en-, in- ‘into’ + graft.