intransitive verbme·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] &ellipsis; that even now continues to metastasize &ellipsis; to such a degree that myth threatens to overthrow history” (Gore Vidal).
(third-person singular simple present metastasizes, present participle metastasizing, simple past and past participle metastasized)
- (medicine, of a disease or tumour) To spread to other sites in the body; to undergo metastasis.