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fomitesfomites (FOM-i-teez) plural noun
Any inanimate object, such as a book, money, carpet, etc. that can transmit germs from one person to another.
[From Latin fomites, plural of fomes (touchwood, tinder), from fovere (to warm).]
"You and your husband are really betting money that coins and currency
are terrific fomites - inanimate objects that may be contaminated with
infectious organisms and transmit them. But according to the Food and
Drug Administration it's 'not likely.' The paper used for currency
contains fungicidal chemicals that remain effective throughout the life
of its circulation."
Smoking cures weight problems... eventually. -Steven Wright, comedian (b. 1955)
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