refractory has definitions from the field of medicine
1
[ adjective ] resistant to authority or control

Examples

"as refractory as a mule"

Used in print

(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)

The case described in this paper is that of an older man who developed disabling muscular weakness while receiving a variety of steroids for a refractory anemia .

Related terms

uncooperative

2
[ adjective ] marked by stubborn resistance to authority

Synonyms

recalcitrant

Examples

"the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators"

Related terms

intractable defiant

3
[ adjective ] stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Synonyms

fractious

Examples

"a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness" "a refractory child"

Related terms

disobedient

4
[ adjective ] (medicine) not responding to treatment

Synonyms

stubborn

Examples

"a stubborn infection" "a refractory case of acne"

Related terms

medicine intractable

5
[ adjective ] marked by stubborn resistance to and defiant of authority or guidance

Synonyms

recalcitrant

Examples

"a recalcitrant teenager" "everything revolves around a refractory individual genius"

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intractable defiant

6
[ noun ] lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace

Synonyms

furnace_lining

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lining alumina fireclay

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