Simple Definition of intact
: not broken or damaged : having every part
Examples of intact in a sentence
The house survived the war intact.
After 25 years, their friendship remained intact.
Origin and Etymology of intact
Middle English intacte, from Latin intactus, from in- + tactus, past participle of tangere to touch — more at tangent
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of intact
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Definition of intact for Students
: not broken or damaged : not touched especially by anything that harms <The storm left our house intact.>
Word Root of intact
The Latin word tangere, meaning “to touch,” and its form tactus give us the roots tang and tact. Words from the Latin tangere have something to do with touching. Something tangible is able to be touched. Contact is a meeting or touching of people or things. Something intact is unharmed, whole, and untouched. Anything tactile relates to the sense of touch.
Medical Definition of intact
1: physically and functionally complete <the sense of touch was intact> <intact cell membranes> : asa: physically virginal <when intact adult females were brought into heat—Anatomical Record>b: not castrated—used chiefly of a domestic animal <the medication may cause severe problems for intact female cats>
2: mentally unimpaired
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