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[ral, rahl] /ræl, rɑl/
noun, Pathology.
an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.
Origin of rale
1820-30; < French râle, derivative of râler to make a rattling sound in the throat; cf. rail3 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rale
Historical Examples
  • This letter is still preserved, and it does not answer to rale's account of it.

  • See Francis, Life of rale, where the entire passage is given.

  • The death of rale and the destruction of Norridgewock did not at once end the war.

  • They were rale good dogs, and would mind you, master Oscar, most as well as me.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • Thof he's such a friend at a pinch, he's a rale mon of business.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • His rale name they say his mither says, is George Moray—wi' an o an' no a u-r.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • If it wasna for him it wad hae been a rale nice, genteel mairrage.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • It was gey like him, the photygraph, and so everybody kent it wasna the rale Art.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • It was no ghost—but rale plump flesh and hot blood, I'll swear.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • "He's rale agrayable, Michael is—whin he wants to be," she added.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for rale


(med) an abnormal coarse crackling sound heard on auscultation of the chest, usually caused by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs
Word Origin
C19: from French râle, from râler to breathe with a rattling sound; compare rail³
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rale in Medicine

rale or râle (räl)
An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.

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