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"invasive" in British English

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invasiveadjective

uk   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 ​somewhereelse and has a ​harmfuleffect 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 ​plantspeciesmedical invasive ​cancercells
  • 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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