from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove (living tissue) from the natural site of growth and place in a medium for culture.
  • n. Explanted tissue.

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  • n. Any portion taken from a plant that will be used to initiate a culture. It can be a portion of the shoot or of the leaves or even just some cells.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

ex- + (im)plant.


  • Paul explant, and I are going to make the soup tonight in New Orleans.

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  • Lettuce and cabbage are examples of vegetable crops in which adventitious plantlets have originated directly from the primary explant.

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  • "If (they) tell us that as a precautionary measure it would be better to explant (remove the implants from) women, we'll do it too," he said. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Safety was evaluated by measuring the effect on the viability of vaginal flora, PBMCs, epithelial cells, and ectocervical and colorectal explant tissues.

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  • Topical and systemic tenofovir were effective at preventing HIV-1 infection of explant cultures.

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  • Additionally, polarized ectocervical and colorectal explant cultures were treated apically with either gel.

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  • The chondroprotective study using porcine cartilage explant showed that GlcN-S had the strongest effect.

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  • They confirmed that explant cultures with a longer incubation period are valuable for studying the death and repair of the trophoblast and for investigating the chronic regulation of placental function under pathological conditions.

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  • Current analysis of renal development relies heavily on explant organ culture and visualization by confocal microscopy, as a more developmentally advanced native tissue is too thick for conventional microscopic imaging.

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  • Using tissue explant cultures we found that Langerhans cells (LCs) in foreskin alter their cellular protein expression in response to external stimuli.

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