fomes

fomes

[foh-meez]
noun, plural fomites [fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] , Usually, fomites, Medicine/Medical.
any agent, as clothing or bedding, that is capable of absorbing and transmitting the infecting organism of a disease.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin fōmes kindling wood, tinder, akin to fōvēre to keep warm

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fomes (ˈfəʊmiːz)
 
n , pl -mites
med any material, such as bedding or clothing, that may harbour pathogens and therefore convey disease
 
[C18: from Latin fōmes tinder]

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

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