metastasize definition by Webster's New World
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metastasize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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intransitive verb me·tas·ta·sized, me·tas·ta·siz·ing, me·tas·ta·siz·es
- To be transmitted or transferred by metastasis.
- To be changed or transformed, especially dangerously: “a need for love that would metastasize into an insatiable craving for attention” (Michiko Kakutani).
- To spread, especially destructively: “[disinformation] … that even now continues to metastasize … to such a degree that myth threatens to overthrow history” (Gore Vidal).
metastasize - Medical Definition
To be transmitted or transferred by or as if by metastasis.