- 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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Examples from the Web for rale
This letter is still preserved, and it does not answer to Rale's account of it.
The death of Rale and the destruction of Norridgewock did not at once end the war.
See Francis, Life of Rale, where the entire passage is given.
They were rale good dogs, and would mind you, master Oscar, most as well as me.Yr Ynys Unyg
Julia de Winton
Thof he's such a friend at a pinch, he's a rale mon of business.Lucretia, Complete
- med an abnormal coarse crackling sound heard on auscultation of the chest, usually caused by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs
C19: from French râle, from râler to breathe with a rattling sound; compare rail ³
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- An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.
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