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Meaning of INVASIVE

Pronunciation:  in'veysiv

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

INVASIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: aggressive, encroaching(a), fast-growing(a), incursive, intrusive, invading, offensive, trespassing(a)
 Antonyms: confined, noninvasive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*va"sive\, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See
Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.
``Invasive war.'' --Hoole.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Describes a medical or surgical procedure which requires the skin to be cut open and/or objects to be inserted into the body.
  2. Describes a species which takes over a new habitat where it was not previously found, often to the detriment of species which were there before.
  3. Describes a microbe which is able to enter the body of a host organism and move about inside at will. The microbe may or may not cause any diseases.
  4. Describes a cancerous tumor which is able to destroy surrounding healthy tissue and expand into the area where the healthy tissue was.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: advancing, assailing, assaulting, attacking, charging, driving, entering, in, inbound, incoming, incursionary, incursive, inflooding, inflowing, ingoing, ingressive, inpouring, interfering, interruptive, intervenient, intrusive, invading, invasionary, inward, inward-bound, irruptive, obtrusive, thrusting