A sibilant rale.
[L. a hissing]
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(sĭb′ĭ-lŭs) [L. sibilans, hissing]
A hissing rale.
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sib·i·lant rale

(sib'i-lănt rahl)
Whistling sound caused by air moving through a viscid secretion narrowing lumen of a bronchus.
Synonym(s): sibilus.
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