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crepitate

[krep-i-teyt] /ˈkrɛp ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), crepitated, crepitating.
1.
to make a crackling sound; crackle.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin crepitātus, past participle of crepitāre to rattle, rustle, chatter, frequentative of crepāre; see -ate1
Related forms
crepitant, adjective
crepitation, noun
subcrepitation, noun
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  • He has painful crepitation on abduction of the shoulder.
British Dictionary definitions for crepitation

crepitation

/ˌkrɛpɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of crepitating
2.
(zoology) the sudden expulsion of an acrid fluid by some beetles as a means of self-defence
3.
another name for crepitus

crepitate

/ˈkrɛpɪˌteɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make a rattling or crackling sound; rattle or crackle
Derived Forms
crepitant, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin crepitāre
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Word Origin and History for crepitation
n.

1650s, noun of action from Latin crepitare "to crackle," frequentative of crepare "to crack, creak." In medical use from 1834.

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crepitation in Medicine

crepitation crep·i·ta·tion (krěp'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. A rattling or crackling sound like that made by rubbing hair between the fingers close to the ear.

  2. The sensation felt on placing the hand over the seat of a fracture when the broken ends of the bone are moved, or over tissue in which gas gangrene is present.

  3. The noise produced by rubbing bone or irregular cartilage surfaces together, as in arthritis.

crepitate crep·i·tate (krěp'ĭ-tāt')
v. crep·i·tat·ed, crep·i·tat·ing, crep·i·tates
To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.

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