Definition of metastasize
: 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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John postponed her upcoming tour dates indefinitely on Tuesday after revealing that her cancer has metastasized.
And just as the Trump-Russia scandal continues to metastasize beyond the unfathomable boundaries of the president’s big head, the U.S. military still deploys troops to counter Russia.
If the sarcoma has already metastasized — spread to other parts of the body — the chance of cure drops to less than 30 percent.
As a consequence, graft can quickly spread through a system like a metastasizing cancer, taking hold across political institutions.
After the attacks of 9/11, a national security apparatus hungry for information and a Congress reluctant to push for oversight allowed the agency to metastasize into a monster, fed by more than $10 billion annually, largely out of the public eye.
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Medical Definition of metastasize
: 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 Brodeur, The New Yorker, 9 July 1990
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