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re·frac·to·ry

(rē-frak'tōr-ē),
1. Resistant to treatment, as of a disease. Synonym(s): intractable (1) , obstinate (2)
2. Synonym(s): obstinate (1)
[L. refractarius, fr. refringo, pp. -fractus, to break in pieces]

intractable

/in·trac·ta·ble/ (in-trak´tah-b'l) resistant to cure, relief, or control.

intractable

[intrak′təbəl]
Etymology: L, intractabilis, hard to manage
having no relief, such as a symptom or a disease that is not relieved by the therapeutic measures used.

intractable

adjective Unresponsive to therapy or intervention; e.g., refractory, recalcitrant.

ob·sti·nate

(ob'sti-năt)
1. Firmly adhering to one's own purpose or opinion, even when proven wrong; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
Synonym(s): intractable (2) , refractory (2) .
2. Synonym(s): refractory (1) .
[L. obstinatus, determined]

re·frac·to·ry

(rĕ-frak'tŏr-ē)
1. Resistant to treatment, as of a disease.
Synonym(s): intractable (1) , obstinate (2) .
2. Synonym(s): obstinate (1) .
[L. refractarius, fr. refringo, pp. -fractus, to break in pieces]

intractable

Resistant to cure.

intractable

unmanageable, intolerable.
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