irreducible hernia n.
A hernia that cannot be reduced without surgery. Also called incarcerated hernia.
[ir-i-flek-siv] /ˌɪr ɪˈflɛk sɪv/ adjective 1. not . /ˌɪrɪˈflɛksɪv/ adjective 1. (logic) (of a relation) failing to hold between each member of its domain and itself: `… is distinct from …’ is irreflexive Compare reflexive (sense 4), nonreflexive
[ir-i-fawr-muh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈfɔr mə bəl/ adjective 1. insusceptible to reforming influences; incorrigible. 2. not subject to improvement; final; perfect: irreformable doctrine.
[ih-ref-ruh-guh-buh l] /ɪˈrɛf rə gə bəl/ adjective 1. not to be disputed or contested. /ɪˈrɛfrəɡəbəl/ adjective 1. not able to be denied or refuted; indisputable adj. “that cannot be refuted,” 1530s, from Late Latin irrefragabilis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + Latin refragari “to oppose, contest,” from re- “back” […]
[ir-i-fran-juh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈfræn dʒə bəl/ adjective 1. not to be broken or violated; inviolable: an irrefrangible rule of etiquette. 2. incapable of being refracted. /ˌɪrɪˈfrændʒəbəl/ adjective 1. not to be broken or transgressed; inviolable 2. (physics) incapable of being refracted adj. c.1719, “that cannot be broken,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” […]