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"invasive" in British English

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invasiveadjective

uk   /ɪnˈveɪ.sɪv/  us   /ɪnˈveɪ.sɪv/
moving into all areas of something and difficult to stop: an invasive disease They treated the cancer with non-invasive methods/surgery (= not cutting into the body).
An invasive organism is one that has arrived in a place from somewhere else and has a harmful effect on that place: The Asian long-horned beetle is one of the newest and most harmful invasive species in the United States.
(Definition of invasive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invasive" in American English

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invasiveadjective

 us   /ɪnˈveɪ·sɪv/
  • invasive adjective (SPREADING)

tending to spread in an uncontrollable way: invasive plant speciesmedical invasive cancer cells
  • invasive adjective (MEDICAL PROCESS)

medical done by cutting into or putting something into the body: invasive surgery/tests/treatment
(Definition of invasive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “invasive”
in Chinese (Simplified) 侵袭的,侵入的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 侵襲的,侵入的…
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