PRONUNCIATION: (muh-TAS-tuh-syz)

MEANING: verb intr.
1. To spread or escalate in an undesirable manner.
2. (Of a cancer) To spread to other parts of the body.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin metastasis (transition), from Greek methistanai (to change), from meta- (beyond) + histanai (to set). Earliest documented use: 1907.


METASTASEIZE - Colonialism gone wild

METESTASIZE - I should try one on and see how it fits (pron. "me-test-a-size")