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fomes

 [fo´mēz] (pl. fo´mites) (L.)
an inanimate object or material on which disease-producing agents may be conveyed.
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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]
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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.
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fo·mes

, pl. fomites (fō'mēz, -mi-tēz)
Objects such as clothing, towels, and utensils that may harbor a disease agent and are capable of transmitting it; usually used in the plural.
[L. tinder, fr. foveo, to keep warm]
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