metastasize

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From metastasis +‎ -ize.

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  • IPA(key): /mɪˈtæstəsʌɪz/

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metastasize (third-person singular simple present metastasizes, present participle metastasizing, simple past and past participle metastasized)

  1. (medicine, of a disease or tumour) To spread to other sites in the body; to undergo metastasis.
    • 1989, Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye:
      On other screens are closeups of skin pores, before and after, details of regimes for everything, your hands, your neck, your thighs. Your elbows, especially your elbows: aging begins at the elbows and metastasizes.
    • 2001, David Lodge, Thinks...:
      ‘Your lump could be a secondary cancer metastasized from the bowel. I had a patient like that not long ago.’

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