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