Pronounced: HIGH-bine-duhr, noun

Notes: Interesting etymology for this one

Yesterday’s word

The word fomite means “an object (for example, a dish or article of clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission.

First usage

This word came into usage in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

Our word is back-formation of fomites, the Latin plural of fomes (tinder). As tinder can start a fire, a fomite can kindle a disease. The Latin word fomes is related to the Latin verb for “to heat”, from which we get the word “foment”… thus, a fomite can foment disease.

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