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  1. a crackling chest sound heard in pneumonia and other lung diseases
  2. the grating sound of two ends of a broken bone rubbing together
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Sometimes shortened to: crepitation

Word Origin

C19: from Latin, from crepāre to crack, creak
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Word Origin and History for crepitus


c.1810, from Latin crepitus "a rattling, creaking;" another word for crepitation, which is from the same root.

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crepitus in Medicine


  1. Crepitation.
  2. A noisy discharge of gas from the intestine.
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