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.