Contagious vs Fomes - What's the difference?

contagious | fomes |


As an adjective contagious

is of a disease, easily transmitted to others.

As a noun fomes is

(medicine|obsolete) any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs.

contagious

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
  • The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
  • Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.
  • Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
  • Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.
  • They were highly contagious , spreading bacteria to other people.

    Synonyms

    * (of a disease) catching, infectious * infectious

    Antonyms

    * non-contagious

    Derived terms

    * contagiousness * contagion

    fomes

    English

    Noun

    (fomites)
  • (medicine, obsolete) Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs.
  • Woollen clothes are said to be active fomites .
    (Webster 1913) ----