Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abnormal respiratory sound characterized by fine crackles.

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  • noun medicine An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French râle, from râler, to make a rattling sound in the throat, from Old French racler, to scrape, rattle; see raclette.]

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From French râle.

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  • Also called a crackle, very nearly a plurale tantum. Sounds like rubbing your hair with your fingers very close to your ear. Often means some type of fluid build-up within the lung.

    December 19, 2007

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    February 11, 2009