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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Rale \R[^a]le\ (r[aum]l), n. [F. r[^a]le. Cf. Rail the bird.]
An adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying
the normal respiratory sounds. See Rhonchus.
Note: Various kinds are distinguished by pathologists;
differing in intensity, as loud and small; in quality,
as moist, dry, clicking, whistling, and sonorous; and
in origin, as tracheal, pulmonary, and pleural.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with
a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the
death rattle" [syn: rattle, rattling, rale]
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