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bruit

[broot] /brut/
verb (used with object)
1.
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about):
The report was bruited through the village.
noun
2.
Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
3.
Archaic. rumor; report.
4.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of past participle of bruire to roar < Vulgar Latin *brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre to bellow and Vulgar Latin *bragere; see bray1
Related forms
bruiter, noun
Can be confused
bruit, brute.
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Examples from the web for bruit
  • The doctor may hear a loud whooshing sound, called a bruit, when listening to the kidney area with a stethoscope.
  • The doctor may hear an abnormal sound called a bruit when placing a stethoscope over the neck arteries.
  • Your doctor may hear something called a bruit when using a stethoscope to listen to your blood flow.
  • For example, a loud whooshing sound called a bruit may be heard over the aorta or renal artery.
  • They bruit scandal, and a hoodlum hits her on the head with a piece of load.
British Dictionary definitions for bruit

bruit

/bruːt/
verb
1.
(transitive; often passive) usually foll by about. to report; rumour: it was bruited about that the king was dead
noun
2.
(med) an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
3.
(archaic)
  1. a rumour
  2. a loud outcry; clamour
Word Origin
C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for bruit
v.

"to report," 1520s, from bruit (n.) "rumor, tiding, fame, renown" (mid-15c.), from French bruit (n.), from bruire "to make noise, roar," of uncertain origin. Related: Bruited; bruiting.

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bruit in Medicine

bruit bru·it (brōō'ē)
n.
A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.

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bruit in the Bible

a rumour or report (Jer. 10:22, R.V. "rumour;" Nah. 3:19).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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