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verb (used without object), crep·i·tat·ed, crep·i·tat·ing.
  1. to make a crackling sound; crackle.
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Origin of crepitate

1615–25; < Latin crepitātus, past participle of crepitāre to rattle, rustle, chatter, frequentative of crepāre; see -ate1
Related formscrep·i·tant, adjectivecrep·i·ta·tion, nounsub·crep·i·ta·tion, noun
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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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for crepitant


  1. (intr) to make a rattling or crackling sound; rattle or crackle
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Derived Formscrepitant, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin crepitāre
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crepitant in Medicine


  1. Relating to or characterized by crepitation.
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  1. To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
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