|1.||of or relating to an invasion, intrusion, etc|
|2.||relating to or denoting cancer at the stage at which it has spread from its site of origin to other tissues|
|3.||(of surgery) involving making a relatively large incision in the body to gain access to the target of the surgery, as opposed to making a small incision or gaining access endoscopically through a natural orifice|
invasive in·va·sive (ĭn-vā'sĭv)
Marked by the tendency to spread, especially into healthy tissue, as a tumor.
Of or relating to a medical procedure in which a part of the body is entered, as by puncture or incision.
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