Crepitus
A clinical sign in medicine characterized by a peculiar crackling, crinkly, or grating feeling or sound under the skin, around the lungs, or in the joints. Crepitus in soft tissues is often due to gas, most often air, that has penetrated and infiltrated an area where it should not normally be, as for example the soft tissues beneath the skin (a condition called subcutaneous emphysema). Crepitus in a joint can represent cartilage wear in the joint space. The term "crepitus" is taken directly from the Latin "crepitus" meaning "a crackling sound or rattle."
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1. SYN: crepitation. 2. A noisy discharge of gas from the intestine. [L. fr. crepo, to rattle]
- articular c. the grating of a joint, often in association with osteoarthritis.
- bony c. SYN: crepitation (2).

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crep·i·tus 'krep-ət-əs n, pl crepitus CREPITATION

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n.
1. a crackling sound or grating feeling produced by bone rubbing on bone or roughened cartilage, detected on movement of an arthritic joint. Crepitus in the knee joint is a common sign of chondromalacia patellae in the young and osteoarthritis in the elderly.
2. a similar sound heard with a stethoscope over an inflamed lung when the patient breathes in.

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crep·i·tus (krepґĭ-təs) [L.] 1. the discharge of flatus from the bowels. 2. crepitation. 3. crepitant rale.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • crepitus — [ krɛpɪtəs] noun Medicine a grating sound or sensation produced by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone. ↘the production of rattling sounds in the lungs. Origin C19: from L., from crepare rattle …   English new terms dictionary

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