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[frem-i-tuh s]
noun, plural frem·i·tus. Medicine/Medical.
  1. palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.
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Origin of fremitus

1810–20; < New Latin, Latin: a roaring, murmuring, equivalent to fremi-, variant stem of fremere to roar, murmur + -tus suffix of v. action
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Historical Examples of fremitus

  • Fremitus, frem′i-tus, n. a palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for fremitus


noun plural -tus
  1. med a vibration felt by the hand when placed on a part of the body, esp the chest, when the patient is speaking or coughing
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Word Origin for fremitus

C19: from Latin: a roaring sound, a humming, from fremere to make a low roaring, murmur
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fremitus in Medicine


n. pl. fremitus
  1. A palpable vibration, as felt by the hand placed on the chest during coughing or speaking.
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