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thirdhand

1. adverb Indirectly, as opposed to from the original source. But I heard thirdhand, so who knows if that information is actually true.
2. adjective Describing information that has been learned indirectly, as opposed to from the original source. I can't trust this thirdhand gossip! Who was in the meeting and can tell us what really happened?
3. adjective Describing an item that one has obtained after two previous owners. Try to pretend that this isn't a thirdhand dress and gush about how good it looks on me!
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If you walk into a hotel room you were told is a nonsmoking room and you take one breath and you know it's not nonsmoking, that's thirdhand smoke.
Clearly they're getting it from somewhere, and perhaps it may be this thirdhand smoke connection," said Mahabee-Gittens, an emergency room physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
34,51-57) It also benefits those around them who are exposed to the secondhand smoke and thirdhand residual tobacco toxins that remain after the cigarette is extinguished.
The maximum thirdhand smoke-related risk in a smoker's home equated to one extra cancer case per 1,000 people exposed.
Thirdhand smoking: Indoor measurements of concentration and sizes of cigarette smoke particles after resuspension.
The study led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory also found that chronic exposure is worse than acute exposure, with the chemical compounds in samples exposed to chronic thirdhand smoke existing in higher concentrations and causing more DNA damage than samples exposed to acute thirdhand smoke, suggesting that the residue becomes more harmful over time.
However, in light of new evidence about thirdhand smoke (Matt et al.
Atmospheric Chemistry Special Feature: Formation of carcinogens indoors by surface-mediated reactions of nicotine with nitrous acid, leading to potential thirdhand smoke hazards.
The book is like reading through a family scrapbook and sometimes the reader may care about the images and people who are discussed but it can be hard to connect to second or thirdhand experiences or to people the reader does not know.
Or so say the authors of an article in the January issue of Pediatrics, who were troubled to find that only 65 percent of nonsmokers and 43 percent of smokers "agreed that thirdhand smoke harms children.
Smokers who believe that thirdhand smoke--tobacco contamination that remains after a cigarette is extinguished--harms their children are more likely than other parents to ban smoking in their homes, according to a study in Pediatrics.
5) Throughout this period, socialist citizens' snapshots of the West were facilitated through travel; in the 1960s, it was their own firsthand travel experiences, whereas in the 1970s and 1980s, second- and thirdhand experiences dominated.
Having had only minor interaction with INR previously, I envisioned the job meant reading pages of transcripts of intercepts involving someone who had heard thirdhand about a bomb being built.
Mark Potok, the director of SPLC's intelligence project, told me that his organization had not placed an informant inside the compound, but received only second- or thirdhand reports from the compound.