from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pathology Transmission of pathogenic microorganisms or cancerous cells from an original site to one or more sites elsewhere in the body, usually by way of the blood vessels or lymphatics.
  • n. A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transference of a bodily function or disease to another part of the body, specifically the development of a secondary area of disease remote from the original site, as with some cancers.
  • n. Denying adversaries' arguments and turning the arguments back on them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spiritual change, as during baptism.
  • n. A change in the location of a disease, as from one part to another.
  • n. The migration of cancerous or malignant cells from the site of their origin to other parts of the body. Such cells may migrate to multiple new locations, making therapy more difficult and often leading to death.
  • n. The act or process by which matter is taken up by cells or tissues and is transformed into other matter; in plants, the act or process by which are produced all of those chemical changes in the constituents of the plant which are not accompanied by a production of organic matter; metabolism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Change of substance; conversion of one substance into another.
  • n. In pathology, the production of local disease in some part of the body from a focus of more or less similar disease in some other part not immediately adjacent.
  • n. In botany, metabolism.
  • n. In petrography, a change within a rock or mineral in the nature of recrystallization or molecular rearrangement, without the addition or subtraction of material: as the crystallization of a limestone, or the devitrification of glass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spreading of a disease (especially cancer) to another part of the body


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek, from methistanai, to change : meta-, meta- + histanai, to cause to stand, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.

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From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek μετάστασις (metastasis, "removal, change"), from μεθίστημι (methistemi, "to remove, to change")


  • Medical science has applied the term metastasis to such spreading and reappearing of malignant tumors after extirpation.

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  • The word metastasis, used to describe the migration of cancer from one site to another, is a curious mix of meta and stasis—“beyond stillness” in Latin—an unmoored, partially unstable state that captures the peculiar instability of modernity.

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  • This process is called metastasis, which means that the cancer has spread.

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  • If chemotherapy kills 99 percent of the cancer cells in a woman's body, this prophylactic treatment will reduce the metastasis from a million cells to 10,000.

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  • From an intellectual point of view, metastasis is an amazing phenomenon.

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  • Could it be that Schmidt doesn’t believe in the dominant corporate principle of our time — what I call the metastasis model of growth — that unceasing, imperial expansion is the only metric of success?

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  • Researchers from the University of East Anglia said their findings could lead within a decade to the development of new medicines to halt a critical late stage of the disease known as metastasis, when cancer cells spread to other parts of the body.

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  • This is the most deadly aspect of cancer, called metastasis.


  • Eventually some of these cancerous cells slip into the bloodstream and are carried to distant organs of the body such as the liver, brain, or bone, a process known as metastasis.


  • Doctors have been really frustrated by the fact that they have a pretty good sense of who is going to develop metastasis, that is spread of the disease.

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