Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.

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  • n. An inanimate object capable of carrying infectious agents (such as bacteria, viruses and parasites), and thus passively enabling their transmission between hosts.

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  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from New Latin fōmitēs, pl. of Latin fōmes, tinder, from fovēre, to warm.

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Backformation from plural, Latin fomites.

Examples

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  • Consider the mysophobe's plight:

    He's trying his best to be polite

    While hiding his fear

    That everything near

    Is a fierce and slavering fomite.

    June 1, 2014