- Crackling; the quality of a fine bubbling sound (rale) that resembles noise heard on rubbing hair between the fingers.
- The sensation felt on placing the hand over the seat of a fracture when the broken ends of the bone are moved, or over tissue, in which gas gangrene is present.
- Noise or vibration produced by rubbing bone or irregular degenerated cartilage surfaces together as in arthritis and other conditions.
Synonym(s): bony crepitus
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