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Syllabification: me·tas·ta·size
Pronunciation: /məˈtastəˌsīz

Definition of metastasize in English:


[no object] Medicine
(Of a cancer) spread to other sites in the body by metastasis: cancers that metastasize to the brain
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  • 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.
  • In addition, cancers can metastasize by penetrating into blood vessels, lymphatics, and body cavities.

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