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n. pl. me·tas·ta·ses (-sēz′) Medicine
1. Transmission of pathogenic microorganisms or cancerous cells from an original site to one or more sites elsewhere in the body, usually by way of the blood vessels or lymphatics.
2. A secondary cancerous growth formed by transmission of cancerous cells from a primary growth located elsewhere in the body.

[Greek, from methistanai, to change : meta-, meta- + histanai, to cause to stand, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

met′a·stat′ic (mĕt′ə-stăt′ĭk) adj.
met′a·stat′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.metastatic - relating to or affected by metastasis; "metastatic growth"


adj metastásico
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2) It is characterized by oropharyngeal infection, thrombophlebitis of internal jugular vein (IJV) and metastatic abscesses.
2,3) Bacteriemia, sepsis, acute renal failure, ARDS, and metastatic abscesses are some of the complications that have been described.
Toxicity and bacteriemia are found in this last stage along with the formation of metastatic abscesses, and abscess complications such as septic shock, endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis, pneumonia, lung and brain abscess, renal failure, rhabdomyolysis, and compartment syndrome may develop.