AskDefine | Define crepitation

Dictionary Definition

crepitation n : the sharp sound of snapping noises [syn: crackle, crackling]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of crepitating or crackling.
  2. A grating or crackling sensation or sound, as that produced by rubbing two fragments of a broken bone together, or by pressing upon cellular tissue containing air.
  3. A crepitant rale.

Extensive Definition

Crepitation may refer to:
  • Crepitus - a crunching sensation felt in certain medical problems
  • Rales - abnormal sounds heard over the lungs with a stethoscope
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