[ muh-tas-tuh-sahyz ]
/ məˈtæs təˌsaɪz /
verb (used without object), me·tas·ta·sized, me·tas·ta·siz·ing.
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.
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What starts out as Casual Friday must metastasize eventually into Slumming Sunday.
British Dictionary definitions for metastasize
/ (mɪˈtæstəˌsaɪz) /
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
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Medical definitions for metastasize
[ mə-tăs′tə-sīz′ ]
To be transmitted or transferred by or as if by metastasis.
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