Definition of "impacted" []

  • Wedged together at the broken ends. Used of a fractured bone. (adjective)
  • Placed in the alveolus in a manner prohibiting eruption into a normal position. Used of a tooth. (adjective)
  • Wedged or packed in, so as to fill or block an organ or a passage: impacted feces. (adjective)
  • (of a tooth) unable to erupt, esp because of being wedged against another tooth below the gum (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a fracture) having the jagged broken ends wedged into each other (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "impacted" in a sentence
  • "Johnson may want to reconsider his use of the word "impacted"."
  • "Van Horn continued to smoke on while the sharp, needle-like spray of the rain impacted soothingly on his heated body."
  • "Filter-feeding organisms, invertebrate worms, corals, sea fans - all of those were substantially impacted - and by impacted, I mean essentially killed...."