An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.
Origin of fomiteBack-formation from New Latin f&omacron;mit&emacron;s, pl. of Latin f&omacron;mes, tinder, from fov&emacron;re, to warm; see dhegwh- in Indo-European roots.
- (medicine, epidemiology) An inanimate object capable of carrying infectious agents (such as bacteria, viruses and parasites), and thus passively enabling their transmission between hosts.
Backformation from plural, Latin fomites.