[ adjective ] having intervening factors or persons or influences


"reflection from the ceiling provided a soft indirect light" "indirect evidence" "an indirect cause"

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(A. N. Nagaraj and L. M. Black, "Localization of...)

In attempting to improve specificity of staining , the fluorescein labeled antisera used in both direct and indirect methods were treated in one of several ways : ( 1 ) They were passed_through Dowex-2-chloride twice and treated with acetone insoluble powders ( Coons , 1958 ) prepared from mouse liver or from healthy sweet_clover stems or crown_gall tissue produced by Agrobacterium_tumefaciens ( E._F._Smith + Townsend ) Conn , on sweet_clover stems .

( 3 ) In other experiments the indirect conjugate was treated with 3 volumes of ethyl_acetate as recommended by Dineen and Ade ( 1957 ) .

After drying the sections under the fan , fixing in acetone , and drying at 37 ` as in the indirect method , the sections were treated with conjugated * * f or * * f ( undiluted unless mentioned otherwise ) for 5 - 30_minutes .

This conjugate was passed twice through Dowex-2-chloride and treated with various tissue powders in the same manner as described for the indirect method .

Results of specific staining by the direct and the indirect methods were similar and showed the localization of WTV antigen in certain tissues of tumors .

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[ adjective ] not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination


"sometimes taking an indirect path saves time" "must take an indirect course in sailing"

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(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

Although the inner functions of religion are not of direct significance in social_organization , they have important indirect consequences .

[ adjective ] descended from a common ancestor but through different lines


oblique collateral


"cousins are collateral relatives" "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

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lineal related

[ adjective ] not as a direct effect or consequence


"indirect benefits" "an indirect advantage"

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[ adjective ] extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action


"making indirect but legitimate inquiries" "an indirect insult" "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind" "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"