intransitive verb (-sized; -sizing) Date: 1907 to spread or grow by or as if by metastasis

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  • metastasize — v. to spread from one part of the body to other parts, and grow there; to spread by metastasis[3]; said of cancer cells. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metastasize — 1826, from METASTASIS (Cf. metastasis) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Metastasized; metastasizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • metastasize — (Amer.) mɪ tæstÉ™sɪs v. (Pathology) transfer of malignant or disease spreading cells from one part of the body to another through the bloodstream (also metastasise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • metastasize — [mə tas′təsīz΄] vi. metastasized, metastasizing Med. to spread to other parts of the body by metastasis …   English World dictionary

  • metastasize — To spread from one part of the body to another. When cancer cells metastasize and form secondary tumors, the cells in the metastatic tumor are like those in the original (primary) tumor …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • metastasize — /meuh tas teuh suyz /, v.i., metastasized, metastasizing. 1. Pathol. (of malignant cells or disease producing organisms) to spread to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces. 2. to spread… …   Universalium

  • metastasize — verb |/mɪˈtæstəsʌɪz/ To spread to other sites in the body; to undergo metastasis. On other screens are closeups of skin pores, before and after, details of regimes for everything, your hands, your neck, your thighs. Your elbows, especially your… …   Wiktionary

  • metastasize — To pass into or invade by metastasis. * * * me·tas·ta·size also Brit me·tas·ta·sise mə tas tə .sīz vi, sized also Brit sised; siz·ing also Brit sis·ing to spread by metastasis <the lesion already had metastasized beyond the larynx before a… …   Medical dictionary

  • metastasize — me·tas·ta·size …   English syllables

  • metastasize — vb. (of a malignant tumour) to spread by metastasis …   The new mediacal dictionary

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