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Pronunciation:  mu'tastusis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
  2. [n]  the spreading of a disease to another part of the body

METASTASIS is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: metabolic process, metabolism
 See Also: anabolism, basal metabolic rate, basal metabolism, biological process, BMR, catabolism, cellular respiration, citric acid cycle, constructive metabolism, destructive metabolism, dissimilation, fat metabolism, glycolysis, internal respiration, katabolism, Krebs citric acid cycle, Krebs cycle, organic process, pathologic process, pathological process, respiration, tricarboxylic acid cycle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Me*tas"ta*sis\, n.; pl. {Metastases}. [L.,
transition, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to place in another way; ? after
+ ? to place.]
1. (Theol.) A spiritual change, as during baptism.

2. (Med.) A change in the location of a disease, as from one
   part to another. --Dunglison.

3. (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.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another. Tumors formed from cells that have spread are called "secondary tumors" and contain cells that are like those in the original (primary) tumor. The plural is metastases.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The spread of a disease from one organ or body part to another which is not directly connected to the first.
  2. The spread of cancer from its original site to another part of the body; this happens because cancer cells break off the original tumor and spread via the blood or lymph system.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anastrophe, avatar, catabolism, catalysis, chiasmus, communication, conduction, consubstantiation, contagion, convection, delivery, deportation, diapedesis, diffusion, displacement, dissemination, export, exportation, expulsion, extradition, heterotopia, hypallage, hyperbaton, hysteron proteron, import, importation, interchange, metabolism, metagenesis, metamorphism, metamorphosis, metathesis, metempsychosis, migration, mutant, mutated form, mutation, mutual transfer, osmosis, palindrome, parenthesis, passage, passing over, perfusion, permutation, reincarnation, sport, spread, spreading, synchysis, tmesis, transanimation, transduction, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transfiguration, transfigurement, transformation, transformism, transfusion, transit, transition, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmigration of souls, transmission, transmittal, transmittance, transmogrification, transmutation, transplacement, transplantation, transposal, transposition, transubstantiation, travel