- Cancer that has spread throughout your body is an example of invasive cancer.
- A person who is constantly showing up at your house and butting into your life is an example of an invasive person.
- of or having to do with invasion or an invasion: an invasive military force, invasive weeds
- tending to spread into healthy tissue: an invasive tumor
- penetrating into the body: an invasive diagnostic instrument
- Of, engaging in, or given to armed aggression: an invasive military force.
- a. Of or relating to a disease or condition that has a tendency to spread, especially into healthy tissue: an invasive carcinoma.b. Of or relating to a medical procedure in which a part of the body is entered, as by puncture or incision.
- Tending to spread widely in a habitat or ecosystem. Used especially of nonnative species: an invasive grass.
- Tending to intrude or encroach, as upon privacy.
Origin of invasiveMiddle English, from Old French invasif, from Medieval Latin inv&amacron;s&imacron;vus, from Latin inv&amacron;sus, past participle of inv&amacron;dere, to invade; see invade.
(comparative more invasive, superlative most invasive)
- That invades a foreign country using military force.
- (of a plant or animal) That grows in environments which do not harbor natural enemes, often to the detriment of native species or of food or garden flora and fauna.
- (medicine) (of a carcinoma etc) That invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered
- Intrusive on one's privacy.
- An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal.
From Middle French invasif, from Medieval Latin invasivus