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December 6, 2021

Word of the Day: Fomite

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Word of the Day : December 6, 2021

fomite \FOH-myte\ noun

What It Means

A fomite is an object (such as a dish, doorknob, or article of clothing) that may be contaminated with bacteria or viruses and serve in their transmission.

//Everyday objects that are smooth, like our phones and credit cards, can be fomites.

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Aired December 6, 2021

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