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irreversible

1. Chem Physics capable of changing or producing a change in one direction only
2. Thermodynamics (of a change, process, etc.) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are not all in thermodynamic equilibrium
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The pulse produces mechanical vibrations in the virus shell, irreversibly damaging and disintegrating it, and so "deactivating" the virus for good.
A further 950,000 tonnes will be provided once the reactor is irreversibly disabled.
The Plasma Converter System destroys each and every one of these materials totally and irreversibly, said Startech VP Steve Landa.
Why," I wondered out loud, my wife sitting next to me in the car, "would people irreversibly mark their bodies with something they might not like in a few years time?
What the manifold tales, stats, and interviews illuminate is a system almost irreversibly infected by money.
We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment.
Had the alga not been contained, "it would have irreversibly changed the ecosystem in California's near-shore coastal environment,' says Tim Keeney, deputy assistant secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
With sufficient intensity and duration of treatment, membranes are irreversibly damaged, important cellular compounds leak out, and cells die.
Speaking directly, as students often do, they felt it was expecting too much of a man to avoid female companionship when irreversibly robbed of consortium with his wife.
The P2P genie is irreversibly out of the bottle, with the software already installed on hundreds of millions of computers and developers in countries beyond the reach of American laws," he says.
The medical examiner's findings revealed she was massively and irreversibly brain-damaged, blind and oblivious to what surrounded her.
Now scientists report that the tiny proteins do not wash away because they bind almost irreversibly to clay.

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