Definition of rale in English:

rale

noun

usually rales
Medicine
  • An abnormal rattling sound heard when examining unhealthy lungs with a stethoscope:

    ‘she was listening for rales’
    • ‘The physician should check the chest and lungs for signs of consolidation, wheezing, rales, and trauma.’
    • ‘The chest had diffuse wheezes and occasional rales.’
    • ‘The physical exam may be normal or the lung exam may reveal fine rales or wheezes.’
    • ‘Physical examination of the lungs may reveal rales and pleural effusions.’
    • ‘Examination of the lungs may initially reveal focal rales that will eventually become diffuse.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French râle, from râler to rattle.

Pronunciation:

rale

/rɑːl/