AskDefine | Define impacted

Dictionary Definition

impacted adj : wedged or packed in together; "an impacted tooth" [syn: wedged]

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Verb

impacted
  1. past of impact

Extensive Definition

The term impacted may refer to any of the following
  • A condition where demand for a particular service, commodity or space is in severely short supply or high demand, such as on-street parking spaces, available seats in a very popular college class, or copies of a popular book, video or compact disc.
  • Wisdom teeth which are severely embedded in the jaw.
  • A condition which occurs when a person has been constipated to the point that the fecal material has become hard and difficult to remove. Also known as fecal impaction. Under these circumstances nurses sometimes have to manually remove the material, an activity which is euphemistically known as "digging for gold."
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