• WordNet 3.6
    • n crepitation the sharp sound of snapping noises
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crepitation (Med) A crepitant râle.
    • Crepitation (Med) A grating or crackling sensation or sound, as that produced by rubbing two fragments of a broken bone together, or by pressing upon cellular tissue containing air.
    • Crepitation The act of crepitating or crackling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crepitation A crackling noise, resembling a succession of minute explosions, such as the crackling of some salts in calcination, or the noise made in the friction of fractured bones when moved in certain directions; also, in pathology, the grating sensation felt by the hand when applied to fractured bones under movement; crepitus.
    • n crepitation Specifically In pathol., certain sounds detected in the lungs by auscultation; the peculiar crackling sound which characterizes pneumonia; crepitant rales.
    • n crepitation The action of a crepitaculum, as of that of a rattlesnake; stridulation.
    • n crepitation In entomology, the act of ejecting a pungent fluid from the anus, with a slight noise. See crepitate, 3.
    • n crepitation The peculiar crackling sensation felt on palpation of emphysematous tissues.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crepitation the characteristic sound detected in the lungs by auscultation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. crépitation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. crepitāre, -ātum, freq. of crepāre, to crack, rattle.


In literature:

He spoke of dulness and crepitation, and the effects of the African air.
"Round the Red Lamp" by Arthur Conan Doyle
People do not mince along the banks of streams in patent-leather shoes or crepitating silks.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
When she returned the room was silent again, save for the faint crepitation of his chair and the occasional clink of a bottle.
"The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells
And the tiled roof just above his head resounded with a continual loud crepitation, as if a multitude of iron-shod elves were dancing on it.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
Press some dry starch powder between the thumb and forefinger, and note the peculiar crepitation.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
They are usually sub-periosteal and when the periosteum is left intact or nearly so, no crepitation is discernible.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The putrefactive gases evolved cause the skin to become emphysematous and crepitant and produce an offensive odour.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The portions containing air are of a light brick-red colour, and crepitate under the finger.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
If the ear is placed over the lower portion of the neck, a crepitating sound can be heard.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
The upper lobe was crepitant, though infiltrated with carbon into the interlobular cellular tissue.
"An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis" by Archibald Makellar

In poetry:

They are the deep falls of the Christ of the soul,
of some adorable one that Destiny Blasphemes.
Those bloody blows are the crepitation
of some bread getting burned on us by the oven's door
"Black Messengers (Translation of Los Heraldos Negros)" by Cesar Vallejo
One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning