Impacted fracture(Surg.), a fracture in which the fragments are driven into each other so as to be immovable.

(Im*pac"tion) n. [L. impactio a striking : cf. F. impaction.]

1. (Surg.) The driving of one fragment of bone into another so that the fragments are not movable upon each other; as, impaction of the skull or of the hip.

2. An immovable packing; (Med.), a lodgment of something in a strait or passage of the body; as, impaction of the fetal head in the strait of the pelvis; impaction of food or feces in the intestines of man or beast.

(Im*paint") v. t. To paint; to adorn with colors. [R.] "To impaint his cause." Shak.

(Im*pair") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impairing.] [Written also empair.] [OE. empeiren, enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL. impejorare; L. pref. im- in + pejorare to make worse, fr. pejor worse. Cf. Appair.] To make worse; to diminish in quantity, value, excellence, or strength; to deteriorate; as, to impair health, character, the mind, value.

Time sensibly all things impairs.

In years he seemed, but not impaired by years.

Syn. — To diminish; decrease; injure; weaken; enfeeble; debilitate; reduce; debase; deteriorate.

(Im*pair"), v. t. To grow worse; to deteriorate. Milton.

(Im"pair) a. [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par equal.] Not fit or appropriate. [Obs.]

(Im*pair") n. Diminution; injury. [Obs.]

(Im*pair"er) n. One who, or that which, impairs.

(Im*pair"ment) n. [OE. enpeirement, OF. empirement.] The state of being impaired; injury. "The impairment of my health." Dryden.

(Im*pal"a*ta*ble) a. Unpalatable. [R.]

(Im*pale") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impaling.] [See 2d Empale.]

(Im*pack"ment) n. [Pref. im- in + pack.] The state of being closely surrounded, crowded, or pressed, as by ice. [R.] Kane.

(Im*pact") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impacted; p. pr. & vb. n. Impacting.] [L. impactus, p. p. of impingere to push, strike against. See Impinge.] To drive close; to press firmly together: to wedge into a place. Woodward.

(Im"pact) n.

1. Contact or impression by touch; collision; forcible contact; force communicated.

The quarrel, by that impact driven.

2. (Mech.) The single instantaneous stroke of a body in motion against another either in motion or at rest.

(Im*pact"ed) a. Driven together or close.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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