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[foh-meez] /ˈfoʊ miz/
noun, plural fomites
[fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] /ˈfɒm ɪˌtiz, ˈfoʊ mɪ-/ (Show IPA),
Usually, fomites, Medicine/Medical.
any agent, as clothing or bedding, that is capable of absorbing and transmitting the infecting organism of a disease.
Origin of fomes
1650-60; < Latin fōmes kindling wood, tinder, akin to fōvēre to keep warm Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mites (-mɪtiːz)
(med) any material, such as bedding or clothing, that may harbour pathogens and therefore convey disease
Word Origin
C18: from Latin fōmes tinder
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fomites in Medicine

fomes fo·mes (fō'mēz)
n. pl. fom·i·tes (fŏm'ĭ-tēz', fō'mĭ-)

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