verb (used without object), me·tas·ta·sized, me·tas·ta·siz·ing.

  1. Pathology. (of malignant cells or disease-producing organisms) to spread to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces.
  2. to spread injuriously: Street gangs have metastasized in our city.
  3. to transform, especially into a dangerous form: The KGB metastasized after the fall of the Soviet Union. Truth metastasized into lurid fantasy.

verb (intr)

  1. pathol (esp of cancer cells) to spread to a new site in the body via blood or lymph vessels
  2. (of a problem) to deteriorate or spread into new areas

v.chiefly British English spelling of metastasize. Related: Metastasised; metastasising. 1826, from metastasis + -ize. Related: Metastasized; metastasizing. v.

  1. To be transmitted or transferred by or as if by metastasis.

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