Definition of rale in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɑːl/


(usually rales) Medicine
An abnormal rattling sound heard when examining unhealthy lungs with a stethoscope: she was listening for rales
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  • The physical exam may be normal or the lung exam may reveal fine rales or wheezes.
  • Examination of the lungs may initially reveal focal rales that will eventually become diffuse.
  • Physical examination of the lungs may reveal rales and pleural effusions.


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

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