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English adjective: refractory

1. refractory not responding to treatment

SamplesA stubborn infection.
A refractory case of acne.
Stubborn rust stains.



Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

Antonymsmanipulable, tractable

2. refractory temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli

SamplesThe refractory period of a muscle fiber.



3. refractory stubbornly resistant to authority or control

SamplesA fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
A refractory child.

Synonymsfractious, recalcitrant



English noun: refractory

1. refractory (artifact) lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace

Synonymsfurnace lining

Broader (hypernym)liner, lining

Substance holonymalumina, aluminium oxide, aluminum oxide, fireclay

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