noun, plural me·tas·ta·ses [muh-tas-tuh-seez] /məˈtæs təˌsiz/.
- 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.
Origin of metastasis
Examples from the Web for metastatic
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of metastatic
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.
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin 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.