The Word of the Day comes from "Room For a Stranger" by Melanie Cheng. It is longlisted for the 2020 ABIA Literary Award.
NOUN medicine a grating sound or sensation produced by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone. the production of crepitations in the lungs; rale.
ORIGIN early 19th century: from Latin, from crepare‘rattle’.