Definition of invasive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈveɪsɪv/


1Tending to spread very quickly and undesirably or harmfully: patients suffering from invasive cancer
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  • ‘Polyp cancers’ are defined as invasive cancers removed at colonoscopy when colectomy was not carried out
  • Not a single case of invasive cervical cancer was missed with the use of HPV DNA testing in conjunction with cytology.
  • These superficial lesions can also be treated bronchoscopically to prevent progression to invasive cancer.
1.1Tending to intrude on a person’s thoughts or privacy: the sound of the piano was invasive
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  • If a statement might be defamatory or invasive of privacy or infringing on the publicity of a live person, I don't think that statement should be used regarding a dead celebrity.
  • All these government programs are invasive of privacy, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient.
  • Eavesdropping is difficult, time-consuming and invasive of privacy.
1.2(Of medical procedures) involving the introduction of instruments or other objects into the body or body cavities: minimally invasive surgery
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  • The importance of asepsis and sterilization of instruments and supplies for invasive procedures became widely accepted.
  • It also may be used in other ambulatory settings that perform surgery or other invasive procedures.
  • Junior nurses and healthcare assistants more involved in physical care seemed able to recognise that there was more to care than drugs, surgery, and invasive procedures.



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  • Indices of diastolic dysfunction can be obtained non-invasively with Doppler echocardiography or invasively with cardiac catheterisation and measurement of left ventricular pressure changes.
  • Many kidney conditions can now be treated less invasively by a percutaneous approach through the loin, retrograde approaches through the urethra, bladder, and ureter, or laparoscopy.
  • Although not definitive, recent studies have shown that early initiation of lipid-lowering therapy is safe and effective in both medically and invasively treated patients.


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  • The changes in the excitation spectrum can be related to the degree of invasiveness of the carcinoma.
  • Whatever benefits the plant provides to wildlife are greatly overshadowed by the environmental invasiveness of the noxious species.
  • Failure to respond to treatment should trigger an escalation in the invasiveness of the monitoring.


Late Middle English: from obsolete French invasif, -ive or medieval Latin invasivus, from Latin invadere (see invade).

Words that rhyme with invasive

abrasive, evasive, persuasive, pervasive
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