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

[Back-formation from New Latin fōmitēs, pl. of Latin fōmes, tinder, from fovēre, to warm; see dhegwh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Microbiology) biology an inanimate substance or object that can transfer a pathogen to a host
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Noun1.fomite - 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
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
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Taken together, the information about the infection of this patient suggests the use of shared manicure instruments as an alternative route of fomite HIV-1 transmission," the case study published by the (http://online.
Fomite management should be a component of either therapy.
The quantifiable risk of clinical infection with MRSA in patients through brief contact with a contaminated fomite such as a stethoscope is unknown.
It is acquired by direct contact with an infected individual or, less commonly, by contact with a fomite (e.
The cell phone then becomes a potential fomite, not only within the confines of the lab, but everywhere this person travels.
Fifteen to 20 pieces of each kind of fomite were placed in each petri dish, after which 10 [micro]L of PBS containing approximately [10.
In 1947, approximately 35 years after talcum powder was first implemented as a dry lubricant, researchers at the University of Virginia concluded on the basis of overwhelming evidence that talcum powder was a formidable fomite in human surgery.
Clean Room Products, Ronkonkoma, NY, recently introduced the "Ultra Clean Polypropylene Breather Bag" that is designed specifically for stopper and other component sterilization requiring a particle-free environment and minimum fomite generation.
Robert Rosenberg; ISLES OF THE BLIND; Fomite Press (Fiction: Literary) 17.
5 km from this unit, and the potential for unidentified fomite or other transmission from this herd, or another undisclosed infected herd, therefore existed.
I found the original article in Infection and Immunology ("Biofilm formation enhances fomite survival of S.