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[non-in-vey-siv] /ˌnɒn ɪnˈveɪ sɪv/
adjective, Medicine/Medical
not invading adjacent healthy cells, blood vessels, or tissues; localized:
a noninvasive tumor.
not entering or penetrating the body or disturbing body tissue, especially in a diagnostic procedure.
Origin of noninvasive
1970-75; non- + invasive
Related forms
noninvasively, adverb Unabridged
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  • This is the Anarchistic definition of government: the subjection of the non-invasive individual to an external will.

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British Dictionary definitions for non-invasive


(of medical treatment) not involving the making of a relatively large incision in the body or the insertion of instruments, etc, into the patient
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Word Origin and History for non-invasive

also noninvasive, by 1850, from non- + invasive.

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non-invasive in Medicine

noninvasive non·in·va·sive (nŏn'ĭn-vā'sĭv)

  1. Not penetrating the body, as by incision. Used especially of a diagnostic procedure.

  2. Not invading healthy tissue.

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