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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

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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