v. im·plant·ed, im·plant·ing, im·plants
1. To set in firmly, as into the ground: implant fence posts.
2. To establish securely, as in the mind or consciousness; instill: habits that had been implanted early in childhood.
a. To insert or embed (an object or a device) surgically: implant a drug capsule; implant a pacemaker.
b. To graft or insert (a tissue) within the body.
To become attached to and embedded in the uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.
Something implanted, especially a surgically implanted tissue or device: a dental implant; a subcutaneous implant.
[Middle English implanten, from Medieval Latin implantāre : Latin in-, in; see IN-2 + Latin plantāre, to plant (from planta, a shoot; see PLANT).]
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