noun, plural fom·i·tes [fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] /ˈfɒm ɪˌtiz, ˈfoʊ mɪ-/. Usually fomites. Medicine/Medical.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -mites (-mɪtiːz)
  1. med any material, such as bedding or clothing, that may harbour pathogens and therefore convey disease

Word Origin for fomes

C18: from Latin fōmes tinder
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fomes in Medicine


n. pl. fom•i•tes (fŏmĭ-tēz′, fōmĭ-)
  1. Fomite.
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