- the transference of disease-producing organisms or of malignant or cancerous cells to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces.
- the condition produced by this.
- transformation(def 3).
- Rhetoric. a rapid transition, as from one subject to another.
- Physics. a change in position or orbit of an elementary particle.
Origin of metastasis
Examples from the Web for metastatic
From there grew the idea that inflammation itself could be a facilitator of metastatic growth.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
After a struggle of a little less than seven weeks, my father—a lifelong nonsmoker—died of metastatic lung cancer.Murray Bernard Frum, 1931–2013
May 28, 2013
When they told us she had metastatic disease, she was well schooled in what to expect, and she expected two years.A Gay Warrior’s Win for Partner at National Cemetery
April 12, 2013
Nine years ago, he discovered he had metastatic colon cancer.Sen. Tom Coburn Talks Romney, Norquist, and Taxes
May 3, 2012
A second form of metastatic arthritis is met with in strangles.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
Flat-celled epithelioma is found at the cardiac orifice and as a metastatic growth in other parts of the stomach.
Melanotic sarcoma may occur as metastatic from an original melano-sarcomatous tumor of the skin or eyeball.
Primary cancer occurs most frequently, metastatic cancer with great rarity.
In this condition the pancreas may be the seat of either acute parenchymatous inflammation or of metastatic abscesses.
- pathol the spreading of a disease, esp cancer cells, from one part of the body to another
- a transformation or change, as in rhetoric, from one point to another
- a rare word for metabolism
Word Origin and History for metastatic
1570s, originally in rhetoric, from Late Latin metastasis "transition," from Greek metastasis "a removing, removal; migration; a changing; change, revolution," from methistanai "to remove, change," from meta- "over, across" (see meta-) + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). A rhetorical term in Late Latin for "a sudden transition in subjects," medical use for "shift of disease from one part of the body to another" dates from 1660s in English. Related: Metastatic.
- Transmission of pathogenic microorganisms or cancerous cells from an original site to one or more sites elsewhere in the body, usually by way of the blood vessels or lymphatics.
- A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.
- A cancerous tumor formed by transmission of malignant cells from a primary cancer located elsewhere in the body.