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1A crackling or rattling sound.‘pistol-like crepitations’
- ‘The thump of a stapler, the snick of a ballpoint, the rattle of paper, the bass crepitation of the mail cart against the carpet.’
- 1.1Medicine A crackling sound made when breathing with an inflamed lung, detected using a stethoscope.‘chest examination showed left basal crepitations’
- ‘Lung sounds are usually normal, or with minimal bibasal crepitations, and talc deposits may sometimes be visualized in the blood vessels of the retina.’
- ‘All physicians had some experience in paediatrics and were retrained in the recognition of crepitations, bronchial breathing, and wheezing by a senior paediatrician every three months.’
- ‘Esophageal perforation may result in neck swelling, crepitations, and pneumomediastinum.’
- ‘On physical examination, crepitations were the main auscultatory findings, followed by rhonchi and wheezing.’
- ‘The results of physical examination were significant for bilateral basal diffuse rhonchi and crepitation.’
[mass noun] The explosive ejection of irritant fluid from the abdomen of a bombardier beetle.
Mid 17th century: from French crépitation or Latin crepitatio(n-), from the verb crepitare (see crepitate).
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