metastasize

verb me·tas·ta·size \ mə-ˈtas-tə-ˌsīz \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of metastasize

metastasized; metastasizing
: to spread or grow by or as if by metastasis
  • died of lung cancer which had metastasized throughout his body
  • —G. P. Elliott

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1907

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metastasize

intransitive verb me·tas·ta·size
variants: also British metastasise play \mə-ˈtas-tə-ˌsīz\

medical Definition of metastasize

metastasized also British metastasised; metastasizing also British metastasising
: to spread by metastasis
  • … all ten were primary brain cancers; that is, they had originated in the brain, and not metastasized there from elsewhere in the body.
  • —Paul BrodeurThe New Yorker9 July 1990

metastasization

also British metastasisation play \mə-ˌtas-tə-sə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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