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Rale

Rale \R[^a]le\ (r[aum]l), n. [F. r[^a]le. Cf. Rail the bird.] (Med.) An adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying the normal respiratory sounds. See Rhonchus.

Note: Various kinds are distinguished by pathologists; differing in intensity, as loud and small; in quality, as moist, dry, clicking, whistling, and sonorous; and in origin, as tracheal, pulmonary, and pleural.

Wiktionary
rale

n. (context medicine now chiefly in plural English) An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.

WordNet
rale

n. a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle" [syn: rattle, rattling]

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Rale

Rale may refer to:

  • Rales, lung sounds
  • an instrument, see List of Caribbean membranophones

Usage examples of "rale".

Auscultation would reveal dyspnea, rich in rales, also tachypnea, suggesting mediastinal crunch.

Auscultation would reveal dyspnea, rich in rales, also tachypnea, suggesting mediastinal crunch.

  You men folks, cut orf them pirattercal whiskers, burn up them infurnel pamplits, put sum weskuts on, go to work choppin wood, splittin fence rales, or tillin the sile.

  Thers a dubil set ov rales leedin in from thi side ov thi shaft whitch is whare we came from.

The unspoken rale that crossed dimensions held true here: all brides are beautiful.

But as a teacher of the Queen's language Lis was bound by the rale that difficulty of expression is no excuse for not expressing, and so she tried once more.

  I grabd its ankils & it wrapt its talins roun ma rists makin me shout with thi bone-crunchin pane while it poold me off thi platform, crakin my nees off thi rale.

She heard rales and rhonchi, sounds that meant Nikki's breathing tubes were becoming clogged with mucus.