Definitions for raleræl, rɑl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an abnormal rattling sound made while breathing.
Origin of rale:
1820–30; < F râle, der. of râler to make a rattling sound; cf. rail3
rattle, rattling, rale(noun)
a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
"the death rattle"
An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.
Origin: From French râle.
an adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying the normal respiratory sounds. See Rhonchus