from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, an abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the lungs, additional to and not merely a modification of the normal respiratory murmur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying the normal respiratory sounds. See rhonchus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word râle.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.