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crepitate

[krep-i-teyt]
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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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Related Words

sound, noise, patter, rustling, crackle, friction, ripple, stir, crepitation

Examples from the Web for crepitation

Historical Examples

  • Crepitation, and in some cases fissures, may be easily detected.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • This is crepitation, or the peculiar effect which is produced by the friction of the fractured surfaces one against another.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • When the fracture is complete it will be marked by local deformity, mobility of the fragments, and crepitation.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Abnormal mobility and crepitation are difficult of detection, even when present, and they are not always present.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Crepitation is readily felt with the hand upon the shoulder when the leg is moved.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture


British Dictionary definitions for crepitation

crepitation

noun
  1. the act of crepitating
  2. zoology the sudden expulsion of an acrid fluid by some beetles as a means of self-defence
  3. another name for crepitus
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crepitate

verb
  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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Word Origin and History for crepitation

n.

1650s, noun of action from Latin crepitare "to crackle," frequentative of crepare "to crack, creak." In medical use from 1834.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crepitation in Medicine

crepitation

(krĕp′ĭ-tāshən)
n.
  1. A rattling or crackling sound like that made by rubbing hair between the fingers close to the ear.
  2. The sensation felt on placing the hand over the seat of a fracture when the broken ends of the bone are moved, or over tissue in which gas gangrene is present.
  3. The noise produced by rubbing bone or irregular cartilage surfaces together, as in arthritis.
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crepitate

(krĕpĭ-tāt′)
v.
  1. To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
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