fomes

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin fōmes (touch-wood, tinder).

Noun[edit]

fomes (plural fomites)

  1. (medicine, obsolete) Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs.
    Woollen clothes are said to be active fomites.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fōmes f (genitive fōmitis); third declension

  1. tinder

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative fōmes fōmitēs
genitive fōmitis fōmitum
dative fōmitī fōmitibus
accusative fōmitem fōmitēs
ablative fōmite fōmitibus
vocative fōmes fōmitēs

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fomes m pl, f pl

  1. plural form of fome