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Objects, such as clothing, towels, and utensils that possibly harbor a disease agent and are capable of transmitting it; usually used in the plural.
[L. tinder, fr. foveo, to keep warm]
fomite/fo·mite/ (fo´mīt) fomes.
An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.
Etymology: L, fomes, tinder
nonliving material such as bed linen that may transmit microorganisms.
fomiteAny 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.
fomiteEpidemiology An inanimate object–sheets, clothing, in an environment that may harbor pathogens and thus be a passive vector for infection. See Vector.
fomiteany inanimate object via which pathogenic organisms may be transferred, although it does not support their growth; for example, a book.
An inanimate object that can transmit infectious organisms.
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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.