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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 Committee's 1968 definition implied that brain death should be regarded as death because it inevitably leads to death; and that the person in irreversible coma is, for all practical purposes, if not in reality, dead.
Sir John Houghton, one of the world's leading experts on global warming, told the London Independent: "We are getting almost to the point of irreversible meltdown, and will pass it soon if we are not careful.
This is the first report of the irreversible covalent approach being successfully extended to proteases, a very broad class of proteins that includes many important potential drug targets.
What is this irreversible damage of which they speak?
With irreversible inhibition, the only way the enzyme activity can return to normal is by de novo synthesis of the enzyme by the cell," she said.
This result is consistent with the irreversible breakage of polymer bridges.
The real estate industry is undergoing an irreversible historic shift to corporate organizations.
Severe cognitive impairment means a loss or deterioration in intellectual capacity that is (a) comparable to and includes Alzheimer's disease and similar forms of irreversible dementia and (b) measured by clinical evidence and standardized tests that reliably measure impairments in the individual's memory, orientation and reasoning.
It takes several years of heavy boozing to develop cirrhosis, which is irreversible.
Don't take any irreversible action, such as removing a time card or issuing a final paycheck, until at least 24 hours have passed.
The irreversible strain, beyond which the conductor shows permanent degradation, had a relatively high value of 0.
None of it should be considered either irreversible or universal to all long term care facilities.