Irreducible

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Irreducible

1. Incapable of being reduced, or brought into a different state; incapable of restoration to its proper or normal condition; as, an irreducible hernia.

2. (Science: mathematics) incapable of being reduced to a simpler form of expression; as, an irreducible formula.

(Science: mathematics) irreducible case, a particular case in the solution of a cubic equation, in which the formula commonly employed contains an imaginary quantity, and therefore fails in its application. Irreducibleness, Irreducibly.