Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. A very little twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or another fibrous stuff, drawn out to considerable length; a compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns doubled, or joined together, and twisted. 2. A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous stuff, as of bark; also, a line of gold or silver. 3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw. 4. Something continued in a long rate or tenor; a,s the thread of life, or of a discourse. 5. Composition; characteristic; fineness. "A neat courtier, Of a most elegant thread." (B. Jonson) Air thread, the beautiful white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the manufacture of spiders; gossamer. Thread and thrum, the good and bad together. Thread cell, the gizzard shad. See Gizzard. Thread lace, lace made of linen thread. Thread needle, a game in which children stand in a row, joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding his neighbor, runs between the others; called also thread the needle. Origin: OE. Threed, red, AS. Rd; akin to D. Draad, G. Draht wire, thread, OHG. Drat, Icel. Rar a thread, Sw. Trad, Dan. Traad, and AS. Rawan to twist. See Throw, and cf. Third. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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