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impacted

[ im-pak-tid ]
/ ɪmˈpæk tɪd /
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adjective
tightly or immovably wedged in.
Dentistry. noting a tooth so confined in its socket as to be incapable of normal eruption.
driven together; tightly packed.
densely populated or crowded; overcrowded: an impacted school district.
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Origin of impacted

First recorded 1675–85; obsolete adjective impact (from Latin impāctus, past participle of impingere “to fasten, cause to collide, strike,” equivalent to im- “in” + pag-, variant stem of pangere “to drive in, plant firmly” + -tus past participle suffix) + -ed2; see im-1, impinge

OTHER WORDS FROM impacted

non·im·pact·ed, adjectiveun·im·pact·ed, adjective
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How to use impacted in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impacted

impacted
/ (ɪmˈpæktɪd) /

adjective
(of a tooth) unable to erupt, esp because of being wedged against another tooth below the gum
(of a fracture) having the jagged broken ends wedged into each other
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Medical definitions for impacted

impacted
[ ĭm-păktĭd ]

adj.
Wedged together at the broken ends. Used of a fractured bone.
Placed in the alveolus in a manner prohibiting eruption into a normal position. Used of a tooth.
Packed in or wedged in such a manner so as to fill or block an organ or a passage.
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