1. Not reducible; incapable of being made smaller. 2. In chemistry, incapable of being made simpler, or of being replaced, hydrogenated, or reduced in positive charge.

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ir·re·duc·ible .ir-i-'d(y)ü-sə-bəl adj impossible to bring into a desired or normal state <an \irreducible hernia>
ir·re·duc·ibil·i·ty -.d(y)ü-sə-'bil-ət-ē n, pl -ties

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unable to be replaced in a normal position: applied particularly to a type of hernia.

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ir·re·duc·i·ble (ir″e-dsґĭ-bəl) not susceptible to reduction, as a fracture, dislocation, or chemical substance.

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