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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.
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Commonly appreciated signs on physical examination are painful and restricted range of motion (ROM) along with bony crepitus and quadriceps wasting3.
On physical examination, it is imperative to identify signs of potential laryngeal injury, including stridor, subcutaneous emphysema, hematoma, ecchymosis, laryngeal tenderness, vocal fold immobility, loss of thyroid cartilage prominence, and bony crepitus. (1) Consequently, special attention must be taken to thoroughly evaluate the neck and larynx.
Examination of the shoulder revealed a bony crepitus over the acromion on abduction with the restriction of abduction to 110 degrees, internal rotation restricted to the level of L5 and with full range of external rotation.