fomite

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See also: fómite

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A back-formation from fomites, plural of fomes, a borrowing of medical Latin fōmes (tinder, kindling), used figuratively to evoke the analogy of a spreading infection to a spreading fire.

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fomite (plural fomites)

  1. (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:
      This must be an efficacious fomite of cutaneous and pectoral disease.
    • 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.

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Noun[edit]

fomite m (plural fomiti)

  1. incitement
  2. cause, source

Latin[edit]

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fōmite

  1. ablative singular of fōmes