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rale

[ral, rahl] /ræl, rɑl/
noun, Pathology.
1.
an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.
Origin of rale
1820-1830
1820-30; < French râle, derivative of râler to make a rattling sound in the throat; cf. rail3
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  • 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

rale

/rɑːl/
noun
1.
(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)
n.
An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.

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