Definition of engraft in US English:


(also ingraft)


  • another term for graft
    • ‘These cells were separated from other cells and then engrafted into mouse kidneys.’
    • ‘God's expectations of right behaviour are engrafted into the human heart because we are made in the moral image of God.’
    • ‘In a successful transplant the new bone marrow migrates to the cavities of the large bones, engrafts and begins producing normal blood cells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They inject me with the new bone marrow and hopefully it will engraft and start to make new, healthy cells instead of cancerous ones.’


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