Definition of crepitation in English:


Line breaks: crepi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɛpɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1A crackling or rattling sound: pistol-like crepitations
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    • 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 Medicine A crackling sound made when breathing with an inflamed lung, detected using a stethoscope: chest examination showed left basal crepitations
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] Entomology 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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