- a crackling chest sound heard in pneumonia and other lung diseases
- the grating sound of two ends of a broken bone rubbing together
Sometimes shortened to: crepitation
C19: from Latin, from crepāre to crack, creak
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Examples from the Web for crepitus
Pain and crepitus may be elicited on making this examination.
Pain, crepitus, and the other signs of fracture are present.
When a bone is merely bent there is, of course, no crepitus.
The parts can not be moved one upon another so that crepitus is noticeable.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
No displacement upwards of the femur resulted; but external rotation was accompanied by crepitus.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
Word Origin and History for crepitus
c.1810, from Latin crepitus "a rattling, creaking;" another word for crepitation, which is from the same root.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A noisy discharge of gas from the intestine.
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