Me*tas"ta*sis (?), n.; pl. Metastases (#). [L., transition, fr. Gr. , fr. to place in another way; after + to place.]
A spiritual change, as during baptism.
A change in the location of a disease, as from one part to another.
The act or process by which matter is taken up by cells or tissues and is transformed into other matter; in plants, the act or process by which are produced all of those chemical changes in the constituents of the plant which are not accompanied by a production of organic matter; metabolism.
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