from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A palpable vibration, as felt by the hand placed on the chest during coughing or speaking.
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- n. A vibration which is perceptible on palpation or auscultation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Palpable vibration or thrill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.
(Hemingius) fremitus cordis, ingens animae cruciatus, &c. 6809.
Dum haec geruntur, fremitus terribilis audítur; simul mónstrum horribilí specié procul cónspicitur.
Loss of vocal resonance, and fremitus; oegophony, tubular respiration over the root of the lung or at the upper limit of the dulness, and more or less extensive displacement of the heart.
He also recognized that informatiom with regard to the contents of cavities in the lungs, and conditions of lung tissue might be obtained by placing the hand on the chest and noting the vibration, or fremitus, produced by the voice and the breath.
Vocal resonance and fremitus are but little altered.
In thickened pleura vocal fremitus is not entirely absent, and the breath-sounds can usually be heard, even if diminished.
The most nearly characteristic physical signs are: (1) Limited expansion; (2) decreased vocal fremitus; (3) impaired percussion note; (4) diminished intensity of the breath-sounds distal to the foreign body.
Complete obstruction of a bronchus followed by drowned lung adds absence of vocal resonance and vocal fremitus, thus often leading to an erroneous diagnosis of empyema.
Breath-sounds are diminished in the area of dullness, and vocal resonance and fremitus are impaired.
 Cum vērō pompa urbem intrāret, quantus hominum fremitus ortus est!