verb (used with object)

  1. to put or fix firmly: to implant sound principles in a child’s mind.
  2. to plant securely.
  3. Medicine/Medical. to insert or graft (a tissue, organ, or inert substance) into the body.


  1. Medicine/Medical.
    1. any device or material, especially of an inert substance, used for repairing or replacing part of the body.
    2. medication or radioactive material inserted into tissue for sustained therapy.
    3. implantation(def 1).
  2. Dentistry.
    1. an artificial tooth that has been inserted permanently into the jaw.
    2. a metal framework attached to the bones of the jaw for supporting artificial teeth.

verb (ɪmˈplɑːnt) (tr)

  1. to establish firmly; inculcate; instilto implant sound moral principles
  2. to plant or embed; infix; entrench
  3. surgery
    1. to graft (a tissue) into the body
    2. to insert (a radioactive substance, hormone, etc) into the tissues

noun (ˈɪmˌplɑːnt)

  1. anything implanted, esp surgically, such as a tissue graft or hormone

early 15c., from French implanter “to insert, engraft,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + planter “to plant” (see plant (n.)). Related: Implanted; implanting.


1890 as “thing implanted;” 1941 as “action of implanting,” from implant (v.). Related: Implants, by 1981 as short for breast implants (1976).


  1. To insert or embed an object or a device surgically.
  2. To graft or insert a tissue within the body.
  3. To become attached to and embedded in the uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.


  1. Something implanted, especially a surgically implanted tissue or device.


  1. (ĭm′plănt′) Something that is placed, usually surgically, within a living body, as grafted tissue or a medical device, such as a pacemaker.


  1. (ĭm-plănt′)
  2. To become attached to and embedded in the maternal uterine lining. Used of a fertilized egg.

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