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Inanimate objects that carry pathogenic microorganisms and thus can serve as the source of infection. Microorganisms typically survive on fomites for minutes or hours. Common fomites include CLOTHING, tissue paper, hairbrushes, and COOKING AND EATING UTENSILS.

Year introduced: 2006

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Tree Number(s): N06.850.295.300

MeSH Unique ID: D050456

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  • Fomite

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