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See also: fómite
fomite (plural fomites)
- (medicine) An inanimate object capable of carrying infectious agents (such as bacteria, viruses and parasites), and thus passively enabling their transmission between hosts.
- 1859, Richard Francis Burton, "The Lake Regions of Central Equatorial Africa...", Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, No. 29, p. 134:
- 2009, Raina M. Maier & al., Environmental Microbiology, page 559:
- Alternatively, such fluids may be transferred from soiled hands to fomites, or airborne organisms may impinge or settle onto fomite surfaces. Fomites may also serve as a site for the replication of a pathogen, as in the case of enteric bacteria in household sponges or dishcloths.
- fomes (archaic)
inanimate object capable of transferring infectious agents
fomite m (plural fomiti)