An example of metastasis is the spreading of cancer from one spot in the body to another.
- Rare change of form or matter; transformation
- Med. the spread of disease from one part of the body to another unrelated to it, as in the transfer of the cells of a malignant tumor by way of the bloodstream or lymphatics
Origin of metastasisModern Latin ; from LL, a passing over, transition ; from Classical Greek ; from methistanai, to place in another way, change ; from meta, after (see meta-) + histanai, to place (see stand)
nounpl. me·tas·ta·ses Medicine
- 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.
- A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.
Origin of metastasisGreek, from methistanai, to change : meta-, meta- + histanai, to cause to stand, place; see st&amacron;- in Indo-European roots.
From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ÏƒÏ„Î±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (metastasis, “removal, change"), from Î¼ÎµÎ¸Î¯ÏƒÏ„Î·Î¼Î¹ (methistemi, “to remove, to change")