Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
fomes[fo´mēz] (pl. fo´mites) (L.)
an inanimate object or material on which disease-producing agents may be conveyed.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Plural of fomes.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
fomitesAnything that has been in contact with a person suffering from an infectious disease, and which may transmit the infection to others. Fomites include sheets, towels, dressings, clothes, face flannels, crockery and cutlery, books and papers.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005