Definition of metastasize in US English:


(British metastasise)


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  • (of a cancer) spread to other sites in the body by metastasis.

    ‘cancers that metastasize to the brain’
    • ‘In 70 percent of these cases, the cancer will have metastasized, or spread to other areas of the body.’
    • ‘In addition, cancers can metastasize by penetrating into blood vessels, lymphatics, and body cavities.’
    • ‘Vertical-phase tumors are more likely to metastasize (spread cancer to other parts of the body) than radial melanomas.’
    • ‘Cancer cells can also metastasize from their original site to other parts of the body.’
    • ‘Lung cancers often metastasize to the brain, liver, adrenals, bone, and kidneys but evaluation of these organs is usually directed by symptoms and clinical suspicion rather than by routine scanning.’
    grow, increase, escalate, advance, develop, broaden, expand, widen, proliferate, mushroom
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