American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coarse rattling sound somewhat like snoring, usually caused by secretion in a bronchial tube.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A râle, usually a bronchial or cavernous râle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) An adventitious whistling or snoring sound heard on auscultation of the chest when the air channels are partially obstructed. By some writers the term
rhonchusis used as equivalent to râlein its widest sense. See râle.
- n. a sound like whistling or snoring that is heard with a stethoscope during expiration as air passes through obstructed channels
- From Latin rhonchus, from an unattested variant of Ancient Greek ῥέγχος (rhenkhos, "snoring"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, a snoring, from Greek *rhonkhos, variant of rhenkos, rhenkhos, from rhenkein, to snore. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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