1. [ noun ] a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
Synonyms: rattle rattling

"the death rattle"

Related terms: noise crepitation_rale rattle
2. [ noun ] (medicine) the crackling sound heard on auscultation when patients with respiratory diseases inhale; associated with tuberculosis and pneumonia and congestive heart failure
Synonyms: crepitation_rale
Related terms: symptom rattle crackle
Similar spelling:   Raley