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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: No invasor

Noninvasive (NON-in-VAY-siv)
In medicine, it describes a procedure that does not require inserting an instrument through the skin or into a body opening. In cancer, it describes disease that has not spread outside the tissue in which it began.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.