|1.||unmanageable or obstinate|
|2.||med not responding to treatment|
|3.||(of a material) able to withstand high temperatures without fusion or decomposition|
|—n , -ries|
|4.||a material, such as fireclay or alumina, that is able to withstand high temperatures: used to line furnaces, kilns, etc|
|[C17: variant of obsolete refractary; see |
refractory re·frac·to·ry (rĭ-frāk'tə-rē)
Resistant to treatment, as a disease.
Unresponsive to stimuli, as a muscle or nerve fiber.
|refractory (rĭ-frāk'tə-rē) Pronunciation Key