Definition of transplant in English:



Pronunciation /tran(t)sˈplant/
  • 1 Move or transfer (something) to another place or situation, typically with some effort or upheaval.

    ‘his endeavor to transplant people from Russia to the Argentine’
    ‘a transplanted Easterner’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After transplanting the tale to Liège, they sought to dramatize how a father might cope with the temptation to take revenge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This can be quite time-consuming and complicated, but worth every extra minute when it comes to transplanting the whole family.’
    • ‘Merely pronouncing them won't do it nor, most likely, will simply transplanting American methods into alien soil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a grave danger in transplanting a song from a musical and presenting it in the folk genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a pretty tough position in your own home country so transplanting those challenges overseas may seem a bit overwhelming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many foreigners have gone through the process of having their lives uprooted and transplanted back to their parents homeland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in that process, he places himself against borrowing folk arts and transplanting them in a new milieu.’
    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.
      • ‘So now you have 2 great methods for successfully transplanting rose bushes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seedlings were then transplanted into clay pots and grown under 16-hour days in the University greenhouses.’
      • ‘The extra seedlings can be transplanted but require frequent watering for the first several weeks.’
      • ‘Commercial growers, incidentally, prefer the dormant plants because they make better runners than plants that are transplanted before they go dormant.’
      • ‘You can transplant in the spring up until the plants leaf out.’
      • ‘Inoculated seedlings were transplanted into pots containing 180 ml perlite/sand medium.’
      • ‘Mid winter is perfect for repotting your indoor plants since many plants need to be transplanted into larger containers every two to three years.’
      • ‘A few rainy days were spent cleaning up the field, so there are several neat rows and some newly transplanted banana trees.’
      • ‘Cranberry plants are transplanted to new farm fields in April or May.’
      • ‘Flowering bulbs can be transplanted, if done carefully, into decorative containers.’
      • ‘The following herbicides can be safely applied to labeled newly transplanted stock, with the restrictions noted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Try transplanting a few flowers and herbs, or a pepper plant, into windowsill pots to keep summer around a little longer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sow vegetables and flowering annual seeds indoors about six weeks before transplanting to the garden.’
      replant, repot, relocate
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    2. 1.2 Remove (living tissue or an organ) and implant it in another part of the body or in another body.
      • ‘If a cadaver liver is available, it can be transplanted into an adult recipient.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, successfully transplanting animal organs into human beings is still a long way off.’
      • ‘Instead of transplanting an organ, the cells of an organ are being transplanted.’
      • ‘Now Israeli scientists have successfully transplanted embryonic pig stem cells into mice.’
      • ‘Scientists hope to someday cure disease by transplanting healthy stem cells into sick people.’
      • ‘Many different tissues can be transplanted such as whole organs like the heart, or cells as in bone marrow transplantation.’
      • ‘Please sign a donor card; physicians will decide whether your organs and tissues can be transplanted.’
      • ‘Kidneys were the first organs to be successfully transplanted.’
      • ‘The miniature kidneys and heart tissue were then transplanted back into the cows that the adult cells were taken from.’
      • ‘Organs routinely are transplanted from one person to another, and even some limb transplants have been successful.’
      • ‘Organs transplanted from living donors achieve a greater rate of success than do organs from deceased donors.’
      • ‘The organs need to be transplanted into the other person within a matter of hours.’
      • ‘Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s.’
      • ‘With her cancer cured, the ovarian tissue was transplanted back into her body, and she began ovulating normally again.’
      • ‘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 heart or other organs can be transplanted or kept going by mechanical methodry, but the brain without electrical impulse is useless.’
      • ‘There are currently researchers working across the country transplanting embryonic stem cells into rats.’
      • ‘The right side of the liver was transplanted into an adult patient, who also survived.’
      • ‘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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Pronunciation /ˈtran(t)splant/
  • 1An operation in which an organ or tissue is transplanted.

    ‘a heart transplant’
    ‘kidneys available for transplant’
    • ‘A leading clergyman who has bounced back after a transplant operation and surgery for cancer is facing a third major operation this week.’
    • ‘Over the next 20 years the clinic's international reputation grew and the first heart transplant was performed there.’
    • ‘He's had a heart transplant operation and it's proved successful.’
    • ‘She was recently diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and is awaiting a renal transplant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We report the case of a woman who had undergone a successful allogeneic bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia.’
    • ‘The world's first successful lung transplant was performed at Toronto General in November of 1983.’
    • ‘Each was followed by charts depicting nerve function before and after the transplant surgery.’
    • ‘This would give a second chance to people who are waiting for organ transplants for which available organs are in short supply.’
    • ‘Organ transplants are major surgery and if you find a suitable donor and survive, life is the big prize.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only is he the majority leader, he's also a cardiac transplant surgeon.’
    • ‘Cornea transplants are one of the most common organ and tissue transplants performed in the United States.’
    • ‘He underwent a transplant operation four-and-a-half years ago, but the kidney donated by his father was rejected.’
    • ‘People who need corneal transplants will be able to get corneal transplants.’
    • ‘My doctor was one of the nation's leading surgeons for corneal transplants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How do doctors choose who deserves to have a life-saving liver transplant?’
    1. 1.1 An organ or tissue that is transplanted.
      • ‘But still, in the end most of the transplants have been rejected, and usually sooner rather than later.’
      • ‘Should the recipient's body reject the transplant, it raises the possibility that the patient will be left worse off than before.’
      • ‘It is like a human transplant patient rejecting the transplant, but more complicated.’
      • ‘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 need a new heart or liver, it might be possible to grow a new perfect transplant using your own cells.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The transplant rejects the body rather than the other way around, a very nasty situation called graft versus host disease.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A plant that has been or is to be transplanted.
      • ‘Our average last frost is around mid-February, but often we can plant tomato transplants in early February.’
      • ‘Starting them yourself or buying transplants from the garden center are better options.’
      • ‘We plant transplants out 10 inches apart, and keep them weeded.’
      • ‘Growing early season plants in pots for transplant in October will provide ripe tomatoes by Christmas.’
      • ‘After planting, seedlings or transplants usually undergo a slow-growing initial establishment period of one to three or more years.’
      • ‘A friend who was moving offered me transplants, and when she left, the plants were producing large spears.’
      • ‘Plant the transplants at the same depth as they were in their nursery containers, pressing the soil gently around them with the palms of your hands.’
      • ‘This is a good time to give a dose of seaweed tonic as well (cuts down transplant shock and encourages plant to put its energy into developing a good root system).’
      • ‘Neil and I add compost and fertilizer to the beds, spreading it thick where new lettuce transplants will be planted.’
      • ‘If you buy transplants, plant them 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost.’
      • ‘If possible, plant transplants on a cloudy day, or in the early evening, to keep wilting to a minimum.’
      • ‘Plant seeds and transplants, then mulch immediately with at least 3 inches of organic material.’
      • ‘Lay the bags out to cover the bed, cut away the tops and plant your seeds or transplants.’
      • ‘But, as with new plants, these transplants will be a little sulky for a couple of years.’
      • ‘When planting bluebonnets as transplants, place them about 10-12 inches apart to give them ample room to spread and develop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After planting, water transplants well, then set up a cage to give them support as they grow.’
      • ‘Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collard nursery transplants can be planted now.’
      • ‘This cloth can then also serve as a great map to precisely plant your transplants.’
    3. 1.3 A person or thing that has been moved to a new place or situation.
      • ‘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.’


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.