One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1With reference to sculpture, art, etc.: that represents or seeks to represent living beings or animals. rare.
2Designating tissue transplanted from an animal to a human recipient, and the action of transplanting tissue in this way. Compare "xenograft", "xenotransplant", "xenotransplantation". Now rare.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From zoo- + plastic.
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