Definition of crepitation in English:



  • 1A crackling or rattling sound.

    ‘pistollike 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. 1.1Medicine A crackling sound made in breathing by a person with an inflamed lung, detected using a stethoscope.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The results of physical examination were significant for bilateral basal diffuse rhonchi and crepitation.’
      • ‘On physical examination, crepitations were the main auscultatory findings, followed by rhonchi and wheezing.’
    2. 1.2Biology 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).