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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.
n. (trăns′plănt′)
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 Indo-European roots.]

trans·plant′a·ble adj.
trans′plan·ta′tion n.
trans·plant′er n.
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A method of moving established garden plants to a new position.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transplanting - the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another locationtransplanting - the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location; "the transplant did not flower until the second year"; "too frequent transplanting is not good for families"; "she returned to Alabama because she could not bear transplantation"
movement - the act of changing the location of something; "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"
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References in classic literature ?
He had, however, no intention of transplanting a race of Franco-Americans upon the surface of the moon.
Besides the flesh of these animals, they use a number of roots for food; some of which would be well worth transplanting and cultivating in the Atlantic States.
There are two ostensible reasons for transplanting both organs together.
On challenges of transplanting a face, he said: "Face transplants involve donor skin, bones, teeth, nerves, muscles and with the skin being the most antigenic organ of the body, which means it has a very high risk of rejection and the recipient has to be on very powerful immuno-suppressants for the rest of his/her life."
When tests show that their nephron numbers are marginal, Brenner advocates transplanting kidneys from brain-dead donors in pairs, and hence delivering more nephrons.
The father-of-four performed the North-East's first kidney transplant in 1967, transplanting the kidney of William Hutchfield, from County Durham, in his son David at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Doctors and hospitals, however, may charge substantial sums for the services involved in transplanting. The nation's 63 federally approved organ procurement organizations collect an average of $24,000 per organ, or $70,000 per cadaver, from ultimate medical payers.