- 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
Related Words for metastasisdevelopment, evolution, upheaval, progression, shift, conversion, passage, growth, progress, changeover, transformation, flux, transit, alteration, turn, metamorphosis, passing, transmutation, metastasis, realignment
Examples from the Web for metastasis
Contemporary Examples of metastasis
Indeed, some 90 percent of cancer fatalities are the result of the metastasis rather than the primary tumor.Jobs’s Unorthodox Treatment
October 6, 2011
Historical Examples of metastasis
Metastasis to the liver, lungs, and other viscera is exceptional.
It is observed most frequently in the lower limbs, is generally symmetrical, and shows a disposition to metastasis.
Several cases are on record pointing to the possibility of a metastasis of mumps from the parotid gland to the pancreas.
I have thought that its origin might be accounted for on the principle of metastasis of morbid material.Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society
Joseph Bradford Cox
We note here an interpretation of the first metastasis in terms of functional adaptation.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
- 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 for metastasis
Word Origin and History for metastasis
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.