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impaction (im-pak´shun)

The process or condition of being impacted.
dental i. confinement of a tooth in the alveolus and prevention of its eruption into normal position. See also impacted tooth.
fecal i. an immovable collection of compressed or hardened feces in the colon or rectum.
food i. the forcible wedging of food between adjacent teeth during mastication, producing gingival recession and pocket formation.
mucus i. filling of the proximal bronchi, and also the bronchioles, with mucus.


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