noun, plural fom·i·tes [fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] /ˈfɒm ɪˌtiz, ˈfoʊ mɪ-/. 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
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noun plural -mites (-mɪtiːz)
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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