An abnormal respiratory sound characterized by fine crackles.
Origin of raleFrench râle, from râler, to make a rattling sound in the throat, from Old French racler, to scrape, rattle; see raclette.
- (medicine, now chiefly in plural) An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.
From French râle.
Variant of râle
Med. an abnormal sound, as rattling or bubbling, accompanying the normal sound of breathing, and usually indicating a diseased condition of the lungs or bronchi
Origin of râleFrench ; from râler, to rattle ; from Middle French raaler: see rail