From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Look up refractory in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
Refractory is the quality of a material to retain its strength at high temperatures. Refractory may also refer to:
- Refraction (metallurgy), the resistance of metals to heat
- Refractory metals, metals that are resistant to heat
- Refractory ceramics, ceramics that are resistant to heat
- Refractory (mineral processing), metallic minerals that are difficult to liberate in traditional processes (i.e. refractory gold ores).
- Refractory depression, a depression that does not respond to common modes of treatment
- Refractory period (physiology), the time after an action potential during which a membrane can not depolarize
- Refractory period (sex), a period after orgasm during which it is impossible to achieve another orgasm
- Refractory (astronomy), any material, which condenses at high temperature.
- Refractory disease, one not responsive to a treatment.
- Refractory clergymen, Roman Catholic priests and bishops in France who refused to swear an oath of allegiance to the state during the Civil Constitution of the Clergy
|This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title.
If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.