Metastasis meaning

mĭ-tăstə-sĭs
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The definition of metastasis is the movement of disease from one body part to another by way of the bloodstream or the lymph system.

An example of metastasis is the spreading of cancer from one spot in the body to another.

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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.
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A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.
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(rare) Change of form or matter; transformation.
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(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.
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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.
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A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.
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A cancerous tumor formed by transmission of malignant cells from a primary cancer located elsewhere in the body.
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(medicine) The transference of a bodily function or disease to another part of the body, specifically the development of a secondary area of disease remote from the original site, as with some cancers.
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(rhetoric) Denying adversaries' arguments and turning the arguments back on them.
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Origin of metastasis

  • Greek from methistanai to change meta- meta- histanai to cause to stand, place stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek μετάστασις (metastasis, “removal, change"), from μεθίστημι (methistemi, “to remove, to change")

    From Wiktionary