crep·​i·​tate | \ ˈkre-pə-ˌtāt How to pronounce crepitate (audio) \
crepitated; crepitating

Definition of crepitate

intransitive verb

: to make a crackling sound : crackle

Other Words from crepitate

crepitation \ ˌkre-​pə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce crepitate (audio) \ noun

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Crepitate comes from the Latin word crepitare, meaning "to crackle." It has been used with this meaning since the late 1820s, but it had a previous life: about 200 years prior it was used to mean "to break wind." That meaning is now obsolete, and the word has no embarrassing remnants. In addition to its general use as a synonym of crackle, crepitate also has a specific medical meaning-"to produce or experience crepitation." Crepitation here refers to a grating or crackling sound or sensation, such as that produced by the fractured ends of a bone moving against each other.

First Known Use of crepitate

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crepitate

Latin crepitatus, past participle of crepitare to crackle, frequentative of crepare to rattle, crack

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“Crepitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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intransitive verb
crep·​i·​tate | \ ˈkrep-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce crepitate (audio) \
crepitated; crepitating

Medical Definition of crepitate

: to produce or experience crepitation

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