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[ral, rahl]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.
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Origin of rale

1820–30; < French râle, derivative of râler to make a rattling sound in the throat; cf. rail3
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Historical Examples of rale

  • This letter is still preserved, and it does not answer to Rale's account of it.

    A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I

    Francis Parkman

  • See Francis, Life of Rale, where the entire passage is given.

  • The death of Rale and the destruction of Norridgewock did not at once end the war.

  • 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

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for rale



  1. med an abnormal coarse crackling sound heard on auscultation of the chest, usually caused by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs
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Word Origin for rale

C19: from French râle, from râler to breathe with a rattling sound; compare rail ³
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rale in Medicine


  1. An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.
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