[ foh-meez ]
/ ˈfoʊ miz /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fomites

/ (ˈfəʊmiːz) /

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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Medical definitions for fomites

[ fōmēz ]

n. pl. fom•i•tes (fŏmĭ-tēz′, fōmĭ-)

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