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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]
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An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.
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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.
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fomiteEpidemiology An inanimate object–sheets, clothing, in an environment that may harbor pathogens and thus be a passive vector for infection. See Vector.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
fomiteany inanimate object via which pathogenic organisms may be transferred, although it does not support their growth; for example, a book.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
An inanimate object that can transmit infectious organisms.
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Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.