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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for crepitation

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

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British Dictionary definitions for crepitation


  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


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

Word Origin for crepitate

C17: from Latin crepitāre
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Word Origin and History for crepitation

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

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crepitation in Medicine


  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.


  1. To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
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