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n. pl. rhon·chi (-kī)
A coarse rattling sound somewhat like snoring, usually caused by secretion in a bronchial tube.

[Latin, a snoring, from Greek *rhonkhos, variant of rhenkos, rhenkhos, from rhenkein, to snore.]

rhon′chal (-kəl), rhon′chi·al (-kē-əl) adj.


(ˈrɒŋkəs) or


n, pl -chi (-kaɪ)
(Pathology) a rattling or whistling respiratory sound resembling snoring, caused by secretions in the trachea or bronchi
[C19: from Latin, from Greek rhenkhos snoring]
ˈrhonchal, ˈrhonchial adj


(ˈrɒŋ kəs)

n., pl. -chi (-kaɪ)
an abnormal wheezing or snoring sound made while breathing.
[1820–30; < Latin: a snoring, croaking < Late Greek rhónchos, variant of Greek rhénchos]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhonchus - a sound like whistling or snoring that is heard with a stethoscope during expiration as air passes through obstructed channels
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"
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The pulmonary exam can be normal or can reveal fine end-inspiratory crackles, and may include high-pitched, inspiratory rhonchi, or "squeaks.
Physical examination showed moderate dehydration, failure to thrive (3rd percentile), and diffuse rhonchi on auscultation.
Auscultation revealed bilateral fine crepitations and rhonchi with normal heart sounds and no cardiac murmur.
they had any two of the following symptoms: aggravated anhelation accompanied by gasp and chest distress; aggravated cough and increased purulent sputum; fever; rhonchi and wheezing rale; respiratory failure.
On examination of the respiratory system diminished respiratory movements, diminished breath sounds, expiratory rhonchi and crepitations were most common signs elicited.
The diagnosis of bronchiolitis was made during the medical examination of the patients, with regard to complaints of coughing, and respiratory distress alongside clinical findings such as rales and rhonchi.
There was harsh vesicular breathing accompanied with rhonchi and crepitations in the left basal area.
Physical examination revealed that right vocal cord was paralyzed, bilateral coarse rhonchi were observed, and lung auscultation was present more on the right side.
On auscultation stridor was heard in upper airway and rhonchi were heard in all lung fields.
In the patient's physical examination, the lung sounds were normal; there were no rales or rhonchi.
A total of 4% of patients with acute Q fever had rhonchi at pulmonary examination compared with 22% in the control group (p = 0.