I am trying to translate a sentence in to English and I'm wondering if I can use impact and effect alternatively in this sentense:

The comparison between the ______of wet and dry dressing on burn wound healing.

Which one is better to use in the gap impact or effect?

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I'd say: "Effect".

"Impact" generally indicates the powerful effect of something new or the power.

The president's decision had an impact on young people.

The impact of the crash totally destroyed the car.


The answer is a matter of opinion about style. Using impact to mean effect strongly is common in modern American speech. Some people object to the usage: do we really want impacts on wounds?

Without taking a stand generally, it seems to me a comparison warrants effect because the difference in effectiveness may be small or even negligible.

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