Definition of metastasis in English:
noun (plural metastases /-ˌsēz/)Medicine
1The development of secondary malignant growths at a distance from a primary site of cancer.
- Six years later, a fine-needle aspirate of a cervical vertebra showed malignant cells consistent with metastasis from a primary lung carcinoma.
- Patients with a diagnosis of granular cell tumor should have a complete physical examination to exclude other primary tumors or metastasis from an aggressive malignant tumor.
- Preoperatively, radiation is delivered to decrease the risk of local recurrence, prevent the development of distant metastasis and reduce tumor size to permit sphincter-preserving surgery.
1.1A metastatic growth.
- This eliminates perverse growth, anticipating the metastasis that is seeking to re-enter the system.
- GTP inhibited the levels of urokinase plasminogen activator as well as matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9, cellular molecules linked to the metastasis.
- However, only in 3 of these cases was the morphologic appearance in the metastasis so well differentiated as to be considered benign if taken out of context.
late 16th century (as a rhetorical term, meaning 'rapid transition from one point to another'): from Greek, literally 'removal or change', from methistanai 'to change'.
- Example sentences
- Unlike carcinomas, metastatic sarcomas generally occur deeper and may not ulcerate the mucosa.
- Meningeal spread is not uncommon in cases of intracranial gliomas or metastatic carcinoma.
- The echocardiography and the pathologic examination revealed a metastatic melanoma.
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