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English adjective: refractory

1. refractory not responding to treatment


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


Synonymsstubborn


Similarintractable


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.


Similarunresponsive


Antonymsresponsive

3. refractory stubbornly resistant to authority or control


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


Synonymsfractious, recalcitrant


Similardisobedient


Antonymsobedient


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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