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metastasis

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noun me·tas·ta·sis \mə-ˈtas-tə-səs\

Definition of metastasis

plural me·tas·ta·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 a :  change of position, state, or form b :  the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body; also :  the process by which such spreading occurs

  2. 2 :  a secondary malignant tumor resulting from metastasis

met·a·stat·ic play \ˌme-tə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective
met·a·stat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of metastasis

New Latin, from Late Latin, transition, from Greek, from methistanai to change, from meta- + histanai to set — more at stand


First Known Use: 1663


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metastasis

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noun me·tas·ta·sis \mə-ˈtas-tə-səs\

Medical Definition of metastasis

plural me·tas·ta·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1a:  change of position, state, or formb:  the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells or bacteria) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body <metastases of breast cancer to bone—Medical Physics>; also :  the process by which such spreading occurs

  2. 2:  a secondary malignant tumor resulting from metastasis




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