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rattle

(răt′l)
n.
1. A rapid succession of short percussive sounds.
2. A device, such as a baby's toy, that produces short percussive sounds.
3. A rattling sound in the throat caused by obstructed breathing, especially near the time of death.
4. The series of horny structures at the end of a rattlesnake's tail.

rattle

Etymology: ME, ratelen
an abnormal sound heard by auscultation of the lungs in some forms of pulmonary disease. It consists of a coarse vibration more intense than a crackle, very much like a rhonchus, caused by the movement of moisture and the separation of the walls of small air passages during respiration.

rattle

Ethnomedicine
A device used in the Navajo and other Native American tribes to maintain rhythm during healing rituals.

Forensics
See Death rattle.
 
Paediatrics
An infant toy which, when shaken produces a rattling noise.

rattle

(răt′l) [ME. ratelen, to rattle]
A coarse crackle heard during auscultation of the chest. This finding suggests excessive airway secretions are present.

death rattle

A colloquial term for gurgling noises caused by movements of secretions in the upper airways with inspiration and expiration in dying patients.
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We all know that the biggest issue with most rattling systems remains that they're cumbersome to use.
I rig the monofilament rattling cork rig with a similar bead and cork ratio, starting with a swivel attached to 30-pound monothfilament or fluorocarbon, several beads, a cork, and several more beads, finishing off the rig with another swivel.
Usually if I stay in one place, the bull will hang around, and while he focuses on my calling and rattling, the hunter can slip into range.
Therefore, a prime focus regarding the death rattle is the reduction of distress of the patient's relatives, friends, and caregivers who witness the rattling (Kelly & O'Driscoll, 2004).
Rattling is especially effective when the going gets tough.
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Always have a couple of knocking-type plugs in your tackle box with the rattling types.
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If you're driving down the street and something is rattling or squeaking, the perception is that the vehicle is of poor quality," he said.
We hopped on the West Side Road at its north end, in the area of Artists Palette, and were soon rattling over a gravelly route that had been turned to corduroy in many stretches by the runoff of mountain rains.
Toward the end, the coin generates a characteristic rattling sound of rapidly increasing frequency until it suddenly stops with a distinctive shudder.
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