Use the verb transplant to describe what you do when you move a cactus into a bigger container, or what a doctor does when she places a donor organ — like a kidney or lung — into the body of a patient.

When you transplant your favorite rose bush, you carefully dig it up and re-plant it in another spot in the yard, maybe one that gets more sunlight. You can also use the word as a noun to describe the act of doing such a thing: "The liver transplant was a success." The word's origin is simple: the Latin trans, or "across," plus plantare, which means "to plant."

Definitions of transplant

v transfer from one place or period to another

“The ancient Greek story was transplanted into Modern America”
transfer, transpose
Type of:
move from one setting or context to another

v lift and reset in another soil or situation

Transplant the young rice plants”
Type of:
cause to move, usually with force or pressure

v place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Type of:
enter, infix, insert, introduce
put or introduce into something

v be transplantable

“These delicate plants do not transplant easily”
lift and reset in another soil or situation
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location

“the transplant did not flower until the second year”
transplantation, transplanting
Type of:
the act of changing the location of something

n an operation moving an organ from one organism (the donor) to another (the recipient)

“he had a kidney transplant
organ transplant, transplantation
corneal graft, corneal transplant, keratoplasty
a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor
xenotransplant, xenotransplantation
a surgical procedure in which tissue or whole organs are transfered from one species to another species
using a piece of donated corneal tissue to repair the eye of someone who has had a cataract removed
Type of:
operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process
a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body

n (surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient

autograft, autoplasty
tissue that is taken from one site and grafted to another site on the same person
allograft, homograft
tissue or organ transplanted from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup; recipient's immune system must be suppressed to prevent rejection of the graft
heterograft, xenograft
tissue from an animal of one species used as a temporary graft (as in cases of severe burns) on an individual of another species
Type of:
animal tissue
the tissue in the bodies of animals

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