What is fomite?

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: vehicle


A fomite is any inanimate object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms, such as germs or parasites, and hence transferring them from one individual to another. Skin cells, hair, clothing, and bedding are common hospital sources of contamination.

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Fomite - Etymology
... The word fomite is a back-formation from the plural fomites, which was originally the Latin plural (fōmĭtēs) of the singular fōmĕs, literally meaning touchwood or tinder ... form is generally /ˈfoʊmaɪts/, with the singular being "fomite" /ˈfoʊmaɪt/ ...