[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.
(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.
[muh-tas-tuh-sis] /məˈtæs tə sɪs/ noun, plural metastases [muh-tas-tuh-seez] /məˈtæs təˌsiz/ (Show IPA) 1. Pathology. 2. (def 3). 3. Rhetoric. a rapid transition, as from one subject to another. 4. Physics. a change in position or orbit of an elementary particle. /mɪˈtæstəsɪs/ noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz) 1. (pathol) the spreading of a disease, esp cancer cells, […]
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