American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.
- n. medicine, epidemiology An inanimate object capable of carrying infectious agents (such as bacteria, viruses and parasites), and thus passively enabling their transmission between hosts.
- n. any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another
- Backformation from plural, Latin fomites. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from New Latin fōmitēs, pl. of Latin fōmes, tinder, from fovēre, to warm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Furthermore, I found it hard to believe that Dr. Erin Mears Kate Winslet has to define the word fomite for senior staffers at the Minnesota Department of Health.”
“And when I say "satisfying," I mean I squealed with delight every time I heard a Microbiology 1650 buzzword: fomite, paramyxovirus, live attenuated vaccine, encephalitis, and pleiomorphic, just to name a few.”
“Remember, your PJs can be a fomite an inanimate object that will transmit disease.”
“Direct zoonoses are transmitted from an infected vertebrate host to another host by direct contact, fomite or mechanical vector.”
“Harvath was beginning to wonder if some sort of fomite was responsible for infecting the non-Muslim population of Asalaam.”
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“Aa interceptæ; quæ et syluis et cespitibus consueto gentis ad focos alendos fomite ferè destituuntur.”
“Somebody comes and touches that fomite and there's a transmission.”
“Iraq ruining a fomite that gone preparing to flying a wounded Reuters journalist to the hospital.”
“Wikileaks on Monday presents US troops in Iraq ruining a fomite that gone preparing to flying”
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