verb (used without object), crepitated, crepitating.
to make a crackling sound; crackle.

1615–25; < Latin crepitātus, past participle of crepitāre to rattle, rustle, chatter, frequentative of crepāre; see -ate1

crepitant, adjective
crepitation, noun
subcrepitation, noun Unabridged
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crepitate (ˈkrɛpɪˌteɪt)
(intr) to make a rattling or crackling sound; rattle or crackle
[C17: from Latin crepitāre]

crepitation (ˌkrɛpɪˈteɪʃən)
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

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Word Origin & History

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

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

  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.

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Example sentences
He has painful crepitation on abduction of the shoulder.
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