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n, pl -mites (-mɪtiːz)
(Medicine) med any material, such as bedding or clothing, that may harbour pathogens and therefore convey disease
[C18: from Latin fōmes tinder]
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Noun1.Fomes - genus of bracket fungi forming corky or woody perennial shelflike sporophores often of large size; includes some that cause destructive heartrot in trees
fungus genus - includes lichen genera
family Polyporaceae, Polyporaceae - fungi that become corky or woody with age, often forming shelflike growths on trees
agaric, Fomes igniarius - fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses