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invasive adj
1 relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision [ant: noninvasive]
2 marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue; "invasive cancer cells" [ant: confined]
3 involving invasion or aggressive attack; "invasive war" [syn: incursive, invading]
4 gradually intrusive without right or permission; "we moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive tourists"; "trespassing hunters" [syn: encroaching(a), trespassing(a)]

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  1. that invades a foreign country using military force
  2. In the context of "of a plant or animal": that invades a habitat to the detriment of native species
  3. (of a carcinoma etc) that invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered
  4. intruding on one's privacy, or trespassing


invading a foreign country
  • Italian: di invasione
of a plant or animal
  • Italian: invasivo, invadente
in medicine
  • Italian: invasivo
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