Etymology
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crepitation (n.)

1650s, "a crackling noise," noun of action from Latin crepitare "to crackle," frequentative of crepare "to crack, creak" (see raven). In medical use from 1834 in reference to the crackling sound in the lungs characteristic of pneumonia. Related: Crepitate (1620s); crepitant.

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Definitions of crepitation

crepitation (n.)
the sharp sound of snapping noises;
Synonyms: crackle / crackling
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