fomes [foh-meez] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural fom·i·tes [fom-i-teez, foh-mi-] /ˈfɒm ɪˌtiz, ˈfoʊ mɪ-/. Usually fomites. Medicine/Medical.

  1. 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?

    A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Creighton

  • There is also no question that typhus fever may be communicated by fomites.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


  • The theory of the spread of yellow fever by fomites was completely demolished.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • The more common means of contagion is by direct contact or by means of fomites.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    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.

    The Galaxy, May, 1877


  • British Dictionary definitions for fomites fomes noun plural -mites (-mɪtiːz)

    1. 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-)

    1. Fomite.

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