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fomite

play
noun fo·mite \ˈfō-ˌmīt\

Definition of fomite

plural fo·mites play \ˈfō-ˌmīts; ˈfä-mə-ˌtēz, ˈfō-\

  1. :  an object (as a dish or an article of clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission



Origin of fomite

back-formation from fomites, from New Latin, plural of fomit-, fomes, from Latin, kindling wood; akin to Latin fovēre to heat — more at foment


First Known Use: 1803


Medical Dictionary

fomite

play
noun fo·mite \ˈfō-ˌmīt\

Medical Definition of fomite

plural fo·mites \-ˌmīts; ˈfäm-ə-ˌtēz, ˈfōm-\play play

  1. :  an inanimate object (as a dish, toy, book, doorknob, or clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission <the much maligned toilet seat is a remarkably ineffective fomite—M. F. Rein> <what are the most common fomites for rotavirus in day-care settings—Pediatric Report's Child Health Newsletter>




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "fomite" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "fomite"


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