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[muh-tas-tuh-sahyz] /məˈtæs təˌsaɪz/

verb (used without object), metastasized, metastasizing.
Pathology. (of malignant cells or disease-producing organisms) to spread to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces.
to spread injuriously:
Street gangs have metastasized in our city.
to transform, especially into a dangerous form:
The KGB metastasized after the fall of the Soviet Union. Truth metastasized into lurid fantasy.
verb (intransitive)
(pathol) (esp of cancer cells) to spread to a new site in the body via blood or lymph vessels
(of a problem) to deteriorate or spread into new areas

1826, from metastasis + -ize. Related: Metastasized; metastasizing.

metastasize me·tas·ta·size (mə-tās’tə-sīz’)
v. me·tas·ta·sized, me·tas·ta·siz·ing, me·tas·ta·siz·es
To be transmitted or transferred by or as if by metastasis.
A cancerous tumor formed by transmission of malignant cells from a primary cancer located elsewhere in the body.

metastasize verb


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