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 raleFrench from râler, to rattle from Middle French raaler: see rail
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 rÃ¢le.