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[krep-i-teyt] /ˈkrɛp ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), crepitated, crepitating.
to make a crackling sound; crackle.
Origin of crepitate
1615-25; < Latin crepitātus, past participle of crepitāre to rattle, rustle, chatter, frequentative of crepāre; see -ate1
Related forms
crepitant, adjective
crepitation, noun
subcrepitation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crepitant
Historical Examples
  • They looked solemnly into the crepitant blaze of the new fire.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West
  • Valeria's head was turned round again, and she heard a crepitant sound as if her hair were being cut.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • The crash no longer rolled afar, but cracked close to the ear, hard, crepitant.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • On examining the chest with the stethoscope, the crepitant ronchus was heard in the upper part of each lung.

  • The upper lobe was crepitant, though infiltrated with carbon into the interlobular cellular tissue.

  • The lungs towards their posterior margins and bases were dark, but still spongy and crepitant.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • I select that to which the crepitant Eutrechina belong, containing those which from their usually truncated elytra MM.

  • The putrefactive gases evolved cause the skin to become emphysematous and crepitant and produce an offensive odour.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for crepitant


(intransitive) to make a rattling or crackling sound; rattle or crackle
Derived Forms
crepitant, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin crepitāre
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crepitant in Medicine

crepitant crep·i·tant (krěp'ĭ-tənt)
Relating to or characterized by crepitation.

crepitate crep·i·tate (krěp'ĭ-tāt')
v. crep·i·tat·ed, crep·i·tat·ing, crep·i·tates
To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.

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