noninvasive

adjective
non·in·va·sive | \ˌnän-in-ˈvā-siv, -ziv\

Definition of noninvasive 

1 : not tending to spread specifically : not tending to infiltrate and destroy healthy tissue noninvasive cancer of the bladder

2 : not being or involving an invasive medical procedure noninvasive imaging techniques

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Other Words from noninvasive

noninvasively adverb

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noninvasive techniques of measuring brain activity

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To that end, this past February the American College of Physicians released new guidelines on noninvasive treatments for lower back pain. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain," 1 Oct. 2017 Today’s imaging tools are noninvasive, which means there’s nary a brush or Q-tip in sight, and there will be no removal of particles. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "Uncovering the Secrets of the ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’," 26 Feb. 2018 Migraine specialists are also exploring other treatments, including forehead and eyelid surgery to decompress branches of the trigeminal nerve, as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive way of altering nerve cell activity. David Noonan, Scientific American, "New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches," 1 Dec. 2015 Fortunately, now there are several different noninvasive procedures that can improve the skin laxity in that area. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?," 29 June 2018 At his lab in Kentucky, Seales subjected the papyrus scraps to a battery of noninvasive tests. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 This noninvasive type of brain imaging tracks how quickly water flows among regions of the brain. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "New Skills Build New Brain Architecture, Research Shows," 14 June 2018 For example, the hospital recently introduced state-of-the-art radiation therapy services and new, noninvasive PET/CT scans to its cancer institute. Kim Wangler, Indianapolis Star, "At Witham, top-tier care comes with the comfort of community," 11 June 2018 Sarkar and Harrison said that primary-care providers must be on the lookout for a combination of risk factors that warrant sending patients to a specialist for a noninvasive liver ultrasound known as a FibroScan. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "A liver disease you've never heard of is putting 12 million Americans' lives at risk," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of noninvasive

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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noninvasive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of noninvasive

medical : done without cutting the body or putting something into the body

noninvasive

adjective
non·in·va·sive | \ˌnän-in-ˈvā-siv, -ziv \

Medical Definition of noninvasive 

1 : not tending to spread specifically : not tending to infiltrate and destroy healthy tissue noninvasive cancer of the bladder

2 : not being or involving an invasive medical procedure noninvasive imaging techniques that do not require the injection of dyes

Other Words from noninvasive

noninvasively adverb
noninvasiveness noun

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