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metastasize

[ muh-tas-tuh-sahyz ]
/ m蓹藞t忙s t蓹藢sa瑟z /
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verb (used without object), me路tas路ta路sized, me路tas路ta路siz路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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Also especially British, me路tas路ta路sise .

Origin of metastasize

First recorded in 1905鈥10; metastas(is) + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for metastasize

metastasize

metastasise

/ (m瑟藞t忙st蓹藢sa瑟z) /

verb (intr)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for metastasize

metastasize
[ m蓹-t膬st蓹-s墨z鈥 ]

v.
To be transmitted or transferred by or as if by metastasis.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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