adjective, threadier, threadiest.
consisting of or resembling a thread or threads; fibrous; filamentous.
stringy or viscid, as a liquid.
(of the pulse) thin and feeble.
(of sound, the voice, etc.) lacking fullness; weak; feeble.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see thread, -y1

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thready (ˈθrɛdɪ)
adj , threadier, threadiest
1.  of, relating to, or resembling a thread or threads
2.  med (of the pulse) barely perceptible; weak; fine
3.  sounding thin, weak, or reedy: a thready tenor

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Example sentences
His pulse was thready and fast, his belly distended, his bowel ominously silent.
As respiratory stress increases, the skin appears cyanotic and the pulse is fast and thready.
The patient was comatose with muscular rigidity and a thready pulse on admission.
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