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  1. me·tas·ta·sis


    noun: metastasis

    1. the development of secondary malignant growths at a distance from a primary site of cancer.


    late 16th century (as a rhetorical term, meaning ‘rapid transition from one point to another’): from Greek, literally ‘removal or change,’ from methistanai ‘to change.’

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