Sunday, August 30, 2009

Word for Today

  • Main Entry: me·tas·ta·sis
  • Pronunciation: \mə-ˈtas-tə-səs\
  • Function: noun
  • Inflected Form(s): plural me·tas·ta·ses\-ˌsēz\
  • Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin, transition, from Greek, from methistanai to change, from meta- + histanai to set

1 a : change of position, state, or form b : the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body; also : the process by which such spreading occurs
2 : a secondary malignant tumor resulting from metastasis

met·a·stat·ic\me-tə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective

met·a·stat·i·cal·ly\-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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