Rales are small, sharp noises that you can sometimes hear when you have a cold. They are caused by the lungs trying to clear the airways of mucus.

  • I heard rales during the coughing fit.

  • The rales sound like someone is crying.

Definition of rales


a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)


rattle, rattling

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