The sensation that small balloons or pockets of air beneath the skin are breaking when the skin is pressed with fingers. Crepitation also means the grating feeling produced when two joint surfaces rub against each other.
(1) a dry, crackling sound like that of crumpled cellophane, produced by air in the subcutaneous tissue or by air moving through fluid in the alveoli of the lungs; (2) a crackling, grating sound produced by bone rubbing against bone
A specific term used by doctors to describe an abnormal sound heard when listening for breath sounds during examination of the chest. It denotes the a fine bubbling sound that resembles the noise heard on rubbing hair between the fingers.