Definition of crepitus in English:


Syllabification: crep·i·tus
Pronunciation: /ˈkrepətəs


  • 1A grating sound or sensation produced by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone.
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    • Physical examination frequently reveals crepitus at the fracture site.
    • The patella and its supporting structures, bilateral joint lines and collateral ligaments are palpated for tenderness, crepitus and localized swelling.
    • The knee often clicks as it moves through its range of movement and usually the patient feels and hears grating or crepitus under their kneecap.
  • 1.1The production of crepitations in the lungs; rale.
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    • Palpate the chest for subcutaneous emphysema and crepitus, and percuss for dullness, an indication of consolidations or effusions.
    • Some had opportunities to palpate subcutaneous crepitus, others could see effects and treatment of respiratory/metabolic acid-base imbalances.
    • The presence of crepitus indicates subcutaneous emphysema.


early 19th century: from Latin, from crepare 'rattle'.

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