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fo·mes

, pl.

fom·i·tes

(fō'mēz, fōm'i-tēz),
Objects, such as clothing, towels, and utensils that possibly harbor a disease agent and are capable of transmitting it; usually used in the plural.
Synonym(s): fomite
[L. tinder, fr. foveo, to keep warm]

fomite

/fo·mite/ (fo´mīt) fomes.

fomite

(fō′mīt′)
n.
An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.

fomite

[fō′mīt]
Etymology: L, fomes, tinder
nonliving material such as bed linen that may transmit microorganisms.

fomite

Any inanimate or nonpathogenic substance or material (e.g., sheets, surfaces of furniture, papers and so forth), exclusive of food, which may act as a vector for a pathogen.

fomite

Epidemiology An inanimate object–sheets, clothing, in an environment that may harbor pathogens and thus be a passive vector for infection. See Vector.

fomite

any inanimate object via which pathogenic organisms may be transferred, although it does not support their growth; for example, a book.

Fomite

An inanimate object that can transmit infectious organisms.
Mentioned in: Otitis Media

fomite (fomes) (fō´mīt, fō´mēz),

n a nonliving object that may carry germs. An inanimate source of disease, such as a drinking glass used by an infected person.
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A more detailed outline of the positive fomites is shown in Figure 4.
The experiment was performed in triplicate and replicated three times for each surface type (n = 3 samples/fomite at each time point * 3 fomites * 11 time points [including zero point] * 3 replications = 297 samples).
Briefly, the fomite samples were obtained by swabbing each individual surface with a sterile, polyester-fiber-tipped transport system collection swab moistened in transport medium.
Ibfelt et al (2014) state: 'Toys are among the fomites with the highest pathogen load, but their role in disease transmission is unknown.
After various periods of time--two to eight hours--the research team sampled 60 to 100 fomites, surfaces capable of carrying infectious organisms (such as light switches, push buttons, coffee pots handles, sink tap handles, phones and computer equipment) for the phages.
Three likely route of transmission: airborne, droplet and fomites.
They will also be fomites - Technical training and operational- User~s manual and technical manual- Parts of respect.
6) At this time, it is unknown if M buteonis can be transmitted vertically, but most likely this kestrel was infected by horizontal means through conspecifics, predators, prey, or fomites.
A concern with community acquired methicillin-resistant aureus has emerged because of the possibility that fomites may play a significant role in the transferal of S.
Transmission of virus from person to person is generally by contact with secretions from eyes, nose or mouth, and via fomites such as contaminated towels.
Non-sexual routes account for a tiny proportion of HPV infections; they include perinatal transmission and, possibly, transmission by medical procedures and fomites.
These are called fomites (places that can spread disease).