• WordNet 3.6
    • n metastasis the spreading of a disease (especially cancer) to another part of the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Metastasis (Med) A change in the location of a disease, as from one part to another.
    • Metastasis (Theol) A spiritual change, as during baptism.
    • Metastasis (Physiol) The act or process by which matter is taken up by cells or tissues and is transformed into other matter; in plants, the act or process by which are produced all of those chemical changes in the constituents of the plant which are not accompanied by a production of organic matter; metabolism.
    • Metastasis The migration of cancerous or malignant cells from the site of their origin to other parts of the body. Such cells may migrate to multiple new locations, making therapy more difficult and often leading to death.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metastasis Change of substance; conversion of one substance into another.
    • n metastasis In pathology, the production of local disease in some part of the body from a focus of more or less similar disease in some other part not immediately adjacent.
    • n metastasis In botany, metabolism.
    • n metastasis In petrography, a change within a rock or mineral in the nature of recrystallization or molecular rearrangement, without the addition or subtraction of material: as the crystallization of a limestone, or the devitrification of glass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metastasis me-tas′ta-zis a change in nature, form, or quality; a change from one part to another, as a disease:
    • n Metastasis me-tas′ta-zis (bot.) metabolism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., transition, fr. Gr. , fr. to place in another way; after + to place
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—methistēmi, I change place.


In literature:

Klein speaks of the metastasis of the milk to the lochia.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
In the same category of laminitis from metastasis may also be placed the laminitis occurring as a result of an overdose of aloes.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
After all symptoms have settled down, but not till then, for fear of exciting relapse or metastasis, the joint is massaged and exercised.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
We note here an interpretation of the first metastasis in terms of functional adaptation.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
I have thought that its origin might be accounted for on the principle of metastasis of morbid material.
"Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society" by Joseph Bradford Cox
The compress, without the pack, would be apt to cause a metastasis to a vital organ.
"Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms" by Charles Munde
Metastasis to internal organs is rare.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Metastasis expresses the lawlessness of tumors as regards being limited to the original site of development.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Well, this Mr. Loudon is a practical fellow; and his metastasis is admirable.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
When metastasis occurs, the return of fever calls for the same general treatment as in the early stage of parotitis.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In news:

Inflamed Snail Speeds Metastasis p355.
The effects of tumor size, degree of differentiation , and depth of invasion on the risk of neck node metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.
A 13-gene signature can predict the development of brain metastasis among patients with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer who have estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative tumors.
These tumors can be quite aggressive, with a tendency toward recurrence and regional and distant metastasis.
The effects of tumor size, degree of differentiation, and depth of invasion on the risk of neck node metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.
Cervical thymic cyst presenting as a possible cystic nodal metastasis of papillary carcinoma in a 53-year-old man.
The most common areas for metastasis to occur are in the bones, lungs, liver, and central nervous system.
Significance of the resection of ovarian metastasis from colorectal cancers.
We describe a case of primary breast hemangiosarcoma with tonsillar metastasis that manifested as a profuse oropharyngeal hemorrhage.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of a primary breast hemangiosarcoma with tonsillar metastasis to be reported in the literature.
Neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC) can be an aggressive disease with locoregional and distant metastasis.
"Metastasis to regional nodes is the most important prognostic factor in patients with early-stage melanoma and has been shown to occur in approximately 20% of patients with intermediate-thickness tumors," wrote the guideline authors.
Our results highlight the high incidence of multilevel cervical metastasis associated with PTC and suggest the importance of including level II-B (submuscular recess) when performing a neck dissection.
The effects of tumor size, degree of differentiation, and depth of invasion on the risk of neck node metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity .
Metastasis of prostate cancer to the paranasal sinuses is very rare.

In science:

Network-based classification of breast cancer metastasis.
Network-based clustering with mixtures of L1-penalized Gaussian graphical models: an empirical investigation
High mobility group box-1-inducible melanoma inhibitory activity is associated with nodal metastasis and lymphangiogenesis in oral squamous cell carcinoma.
Improved proteomic analysis of nuclear proteins, as exemplified by the comparison of two myelo\"id cell lines nuclear proteomes