Definition of metastasize in English:


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(also metastasise)


[no object] Medicine
  • (Of a cancer) spread to other sites in the body by metastasis: his cancer had metastasized to the liver (as adjective metastasizing) metastasizing tumour cells
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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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