noun (plural fomites) Etymology: back-formation from fomites, from New Latin, plural of fomit-, fomes, from Latin, kindling wood; akin to Latin fovēre to heat — more at foment Date: 1803 an object (as a dish or an article of clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission

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  • fómite — (Del lat. fomes, ĭtis). m. desus. fomes …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Fomite — A fomite is any object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms (such as germs or parasites) and hence transferring them from one individual to another. A fomite can be anything (such as a cloth or mop head), so when cleaning, it is… …   Wikipedia

  • fomite — fò·mi·te s.m. 1. OB ciò che serve ad alimentare il fuoco 2. BU lett., fig., causa, incentivo, spec. di un male: essere fomite di discordia 3. TS bot. fungo del genere Fomite, parassita delle piante legnose | con iniz. maiusc., genere della… …   Dizionario italiano

  • fómite — fomes o fómite (del lat. «fomes, ĭtis») m. *Causa que promueve o excita una cosa. ⊚ Med. Objeto, por ejemplo ropas de cama o vestidos, que puede ser portador de infección. * * * fómite. (Del lat. fomes, ĭtis). m. desus. fomes …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Fomite — On appelle « fomites » les objets contaminés par des pathogènes et susceptibles de propager une infection d un individu à un autre lors du phénomène de contagion. Il est remarquable alors que les maladies contagieuses sont la première… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fomite — SYN: fomes. [L. fomitis, gen. of fomes. See fomes.] * * * fo·mite fō .mīt n, pl fo·mites .mīts; fäm ə .tēz, fōm an inanimate object (as a dish, toy, book, doorknob, or clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in… …   Medical dictionary

  • fomite — {{hw}}{{fomite}}{{/hw}}s. m. Istigazione, stimolo, incentivo: il fomite delle ribellioni …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • fomite — (fo maīt; pl., fomites) An object that is not in itself harmful but is able to harbor and transmit pathogenic organisms. Also called fomes …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • fomite — fo·mite (fōʹmīt ) n. 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 . *… …   Universalium

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