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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be transmitted or transferred by metastasis.
  • intransitive v. To be changed or transformed, especially dangerously: "a need for love that would metastasize into an insatiable craving for attention” ( Michiko Kakutani).
  • intransitive v. To spread, especially destructively: "[disinformation] ... that even now continues to metastasize ... to such a degree that myth threatens to overthrow history” ( Gore Vidal).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spread to other sites in the body; to undergo metastasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to spread from one part of the body to other parts, and grow there; to spread by metastasis{3}; -- said of cancer cells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In pathology, to produce new foci of disease in more or less distant parts by means of metastasis: referring usually to malignant growths.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spread throughout the body

Etymologies

From metastasis +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

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