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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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Kodal, "Performance analysis of an irreversible Brayton heat engine based on ecological coefficient of performance criterion," International Journal of Thermal Sciences, vol.
A process of Georgia's integration to Europe becomes irreversible. After the agreement
More than three-quarters of the studied athletes had early-stage gum disease, and 15 percent showed signs of periodontitis - an irreversible infection of the soft tissue around the teeth.
They also found that the ongoing glacier loss is effectively irreversible.
Patients and Methods: Three hundred and sixty patients with irreversible pulpitis were divided into two groups.
(4) Compared to other impression materials, irreversible hydrocolloids have the disadvantages of low dimensional stability and reduced capacity for detail reproduction.
One victim Daniel McTeare, 22, was bitten to the ear, kicked and punched, and suffered irreversible damage to his eye.
A United Nations report released in Bahrain has said that the world is speeding down an unsustainable path, warning of abrupt and irreversible changes if urgent action is not taken.
I wonder what is going on in your congregation or in your life that you feel is tragic and irreversible? This side of heave some things are; I think of the damage caused in a psyche from war or sexual abuse or deep poverty.
''Lebanon's position on Syria is irreversible due to the unique national, historical, geographical and humanitarian relations binding the two countries, and Syria's security is part of the whole region's.'' Manour said that the international pressure on Syria is evident as made clear by statements and decisions against the Syrian people, expressing trust that this pressure will not yield results in the long run .
The June 2011 paper in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology by Krimmer and colleagues contributes significantly to our understanding of the mechanisms leading to the development of often irreversible obstruction of airflow in the lungs of patients with COPD.
Netherlands: Netherlands will not approve Romania s integration into the Schengen zone until it sees "irreversible" progress with justice reforms, the Dutch minister of European Affairs said Wednesday.