fomes [foh-meez] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural fom·i·tes [fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] /ˈfɒm ɪˌtiz, ˈfoʊ mɪ-/. Usually fomites. Medicine/Medical.
- any agent, as clothing or bedding, that is capable of absorbing and transmitting the infecting organism of a disease.
Origin of fomes 1650–60; Latin fōmes kindling wood, tinder, akin to fōvēre to keep warm Examples from the Web for fomites Historical Examples of fomites
If so, is it likely that clothes or fomites conveyed it in any case?
There is also no question that typhus fever may be communicated by fomites.
The theory of the spread of yellow fever by fomites was completely demolished.
William Albert Riley
The more common means of contagion is by direct contact or by means of fomites.
United States Department of Agriculture
This rapid discharge is advised because a ship’s heated hold is just the place for the full development of the fomites.
British Dictionary definitions for fomites fomes noun plural -mites (-mɪtiːz)
- med any material, such as bedding or clothing, that may harbour pathogens and therefore convey disease
Word Origin for fomes C18: from Latin fōmes tinder fomites in Medicine fomes [fō′mēz] n. pl. fom•i•tes (fŏm′ĭ-tēz′, fō′mĭ-)