REFRACTORY By N., Sam M.S. - 5 Any disease or disability that resists treatment or fails to react to a prior efficacious therapy. In, neurophysiology, a neuron or muscle cell which cannot react to stimuli. REFRACTORY: "The teenager suffered from refractory acne." Related Psychology Terms CHILD PSYCHIATRY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Diagnosis and Treatment Planning ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY (Elec- troconvulsive Therapy; EST, ECT) MARRIAGE THERAPY REACTION TIME (Response Latency) READING DISABILITY (Paralexia, Dyslexia) MENTAL HEALTH AND ECONOMIC LEVEL REHABILITATION (Psychiatric) SET Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "REFRACTORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/refractory/ (accessed January 19, 2022).