crepitus

/ (ˈkrɛpɪtəs) /

noun

a crackling chest sound heard in pneumonia and other lung diseases
the grating sound of two ends of a broken bone rubbing together

Nearby words

  1. crepey,
  2. crepitant,
  3. crepitant rale,
  4. crepitate,
  5. crepitation,
  6. crepon,
  7. creps,
  8. crept,
  9. crepuscular,
  10. crepuscular ray

Sometimes shortened to: crepitation

Word Origin for crepitus

C19: from Latin, from crepāre to crack, creak

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Word Origin and History for crepitus

crepitus

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for crepitus

crepitus

[ krĕpĭ-təs ]

n.

Crepitation.
A noisy discharge of gas from the intestine.

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