invasive


in·va·sive

adjective \-siv, -ziv\

: tending to spread

medical : involving entry into the body by cutting or by inserting an instrument

Full Definition of INVASIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or characterized by military aggression
2
:  tending to spread; especially :  tending to invade healthy tissue <invasive cancer cells>
3
:  tending to infringe
4
:  involving entry into the living body (as by incision or by insertion of an instrument) <invasive diagnostic techniques>
in·va·sive·ness noun

First Known Use of INVASIVE

1598

in·va·sive

adjective \-siv, -ziv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INVASIVE

1
: tending to spread; especially : tending to invade healthy tissue <invasive cancer cells>
2
: involving entry into the living body (as by incision or by insertion of an instrument) <invasive diagnostic techniques>
in·va·sive·ness noun

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