Definition of fomites in English:


Syllabification: fom·i·tes
Pronunciation: /ˈfōməˌtēz


  • Objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture.
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    • Transmission by virus-contaminated hands or fomites is less likely.
    • Moreover, they may contaminate fomites that can transmit the disease to persons who do not have direct contact with the animals.
    • Transmission is by person to person and fomites, such as bedding and clothing.


early 19th century: from Latin, plural of fomes, literally 'kindling wood, tinder'.

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