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intr.v. crep·i·tat·ed, crep·i·tat·ing, crep·i·tates
To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.

[Latin crepitāre, crepitāt-, to crackle, frequentative of crepāre, to creak.]

crep′i·tant (-tənt) adj.
crep′i·ta′tion n.


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


, crepitate, crepitant - Crepitation is the sounds of Rice Krispies cereal (snap, crackle, pop); crepitate or crepitant is "making a crackling sound."
See also related terms for snap.


a crackling sound.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crepitation - the sharp sound of snapping noises
decrepitation - the crackling or breaking up of certain crystals when they are heated
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"


n. crepitación, chasquido, crujido;
pleural ______ pleural.
References in classic literature ?
Two or three students listened again to recognise the murmur or the crepitation which the physician described, and then the man was told to put on his clothes.
Clinical examination revealed blood pressure of 118/60 mmHg, irregular pulse of 130 beats per min, oxygen saturation of 92% on 2 litres of oxygen and crepitations in the upper left lung field.
Auscultation revealed bilateral fine crepitations and rhonchi with normal heart sounds and no cardiac murmur.
The respiratory system showed crepitations in both the lower lung fields.
On her physical examination, bilateral coarse crackles on chest and crepitations on both anterolateral sides of neck were detected.
Chest auscultation revealed no crepitations and the breath sounds were vesicular.
This was diagnosed by the increased oxygen requirements, pulmonary crepitations, radiological changes on chest radiograph, and elevated white cell counts.
Examination noted normal vital signs, mild ptosis of left eye, and inspiratory crepitations in the left interscapular area.
Her chest expansion was reduced on both the sides with wide-spread crepitations bibasally.
Chest examination revealed bi basilar end inspiratory crepitations.
Synovial chondromatosis is usually associated with severe pain, palpable nodules, swelling, crepitations, stiffness and locking.
General examination of the patient was uneventful and respiratory examination of the patient revealed reduced right sided air entry and fine crepitations were auscultated along the right lung base.