[ ral, rahl ]
/ ræl, rɑl /

noun Pathology.

an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.

Origin of rale

1820–30; < French râle, derivative of râler to make a rattling sound in the throat; cf. rail3
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British Dictionary definitions for rale



/ (rɑːl) /


med an abnormal coarse crackling sound heard on auscultation of the chest, usually caused by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs

Word Origin for rale

C19: from French râle, from râler to breathe with a rattling sound; compare rail ³
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Medical definitions for rale



An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.
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