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 for rale
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.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
           [1913 Webster]

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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