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invade

(ĭn-vād′)
v. in·vaded, in·vading, in·vades
v.tr.
1. To enter by force in order to conquer or pillage: The Romans invaded Britain.
2. To enter as if by invading; overrun or crowd: Each weekend, skiers invade the mountain town.
3. To enter and proliferate in bodily tissue, as a pathogen: Bacteria have invaded the lungs.
4. To encroach or intrude on; violate: invade someone's privacy.
v.intr.
To make an invasion: The cancer had invaded deeply into his liver.

in·vad′er n.
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For example, communities may become less invadable as the number (Case 1991) or connectance (Pimm 1989) of local species increases.
Apparently, the communities we studied were neither completely saturated nor freely invadable.
Depending on the order in which species arrive, assembly sequences would then arrive either at an uninvadable community or at a cyclic sequence of invadable communities.