v. trans·plant·ed, trans·plant·ing, trans·plants
1. To uproot and replant (a growing plant).
2. To transfer from one place or residence to another; resettle or relocate: residents were transplanted to the suburbs during the massive reconstruction project.
3. Medicine To transfer (tissue, a body structure, or an organ) from one body to another body or from one part of a body to another part.
To be capable of being transplanted: plants that transplant well.
a. The act or process of transplanting something.
b. Medicine An operation in which an organ, body part, or other tissue is transplanted: a corneal transplant.
2. Something that is transplanted, especially:
a. A plant that has been uprooted and replanted in another place.
b. Medicine An organ, body part, or other tissue that has been transplanted, as from one person to another.
3. A person who has resettled in a different place.
[Middle English transplaunten, from Old French transplanter, from Late Latin trānsplantāre : Latin trāns, trans- + Latin plantāre, to plant; see plat- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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