Definition of Invasive

1. Adjective. Relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision.

Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Antonyms: Noninvasive

2. Adjective. Marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue. "Invasive cancer cells"
Similar to: Aggressive, Fast-growing, Strong-growing
Antonyms: Confined
Derivative terms: Invade

3. Adjective. Involving invasion or aggressive attack. "Invasive war"
Exact synonyms: Incursive, Invading
Similar to: Offensive
Derivative terms: Invade

4. Adjective. Gradually intrusive without right or permission. "Trespassing hunters"
Exact synonyms: Encroaching, Trespassing
Similar to: Intrusive
Derivative terms: Invade

Definition of Invasive

1. a. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.

Definition of Invasive

1. Adjective. that invades a foreign country using military force ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a plant or animal) that invades a habitat to the detriment of native species ¹

3. Adjective. (medicine) (''of a carcinoma etc'') that invades healthy tissue; (''of a procedure'') in which part of the body is entered ¹

4. Adjective. intruding on one's privacy, or trespassing ¹

5. Noun. An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal. ¹

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Definition of Invasive

1. invasion [adj] - See also: invasion

Medical Definition of Invasive

1. 1. Having the quality of invasiveness. 2. Involving puncture or incision of the skin or insertion of an instrument or foreign material into the body, said of diagnostic techniques. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Invasive

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Literary usage of Invasive

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1. Diarrhea and Malnutrition: Interactions, Mechanisms, and Interventions by Lincoln C. Chen, Nevin S. Scrimshaw (1983)
"... The Epidemiology and Pathophysiology of invasive Bacterial Diarrheas With a Note on Biological Considerations in Control Strategies GERALD T. KEUSCH ..."

2. Life After Logging: Reconciling Wildlife Conservation and Production by E. Meijaard (2005)
"Clidemia hirta is another highly invasive, bird-dispersed shrub in forests throughout the old- world tropics; it invades forest openings, especially where ..."

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