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# Fomite vs. Vector

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Fomitenoun

(medicine) An inanimate object capable of carrying infectious agents (such as bacteria, viruses and parasites), and thus passively enabling their transmission between hosts.

Vectornoun

(mathematics) A directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; the signed difference between two points.

Fomitenoun

any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another

Vectornoun

(mathematics) An ordered tuple representing a directed quantity or the signed difference between two points.

Fomite

A fomite () or fomes () is any inanimate object that, when contaminated with or exposed to infectious agents (such as pathogenic bacteria, viruses or fungi), can transfer disease to a new host. In the 21st century, the role of fomites in disease transfer is higher than ever in human history because of the indoor lifestyle.

Vectornoun

(mathematics) Any member of a (generalized) vector space.

‘The vectors in $\left\{\mathbb Q\right\}\left[X\right]$ are the single-variable polynomials with rational coefficients: one is $\textstyle x^\left\{42\right\}+\frac1\left\{137\right\}x-1$.’;

Vectornoun

(aviation) A chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft.

Vectornoun

(epidemiology) A carrier of a disease-causing agent.

Vectornoun

(sociology) A person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme.

Vectornoun

(psychology) A recurring psychosocial issue that stimulates growth and development in the personality.

Vectornoun

The way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text. The trail that a book cover can encourage the eyes to follow from certain objects to others.en

Vectornoun

A memory address containing the address of a code entry point, usually one which is part of a table and often one that is dereferenced and jumped to during the execution of an interrupt.

Vectornoun

(programming) A one-dimensional array.

Vectornoun

A graphical representation using outlines; vector graphics.

‘a vector image’; ‘vector graphics’;

Vectornoun

(molecular biology) A DNA molecule used to carry genetic information from one organism into another.

Vectorverb

To set (particularly an aircraft) on a course toward a selected point.

Vectorverb

(computing) To redirect to a vector, or code entry point.

Vectornoun

Same as Radius vector.

Vectornoun

A directed quantity, as a straight line, a force, or a velocity. Vectors are said to be equal when their directions are the same and their magnitudes equal. Cf. Scalar.

Vectornoun

a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

Vectornoun

a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction

Vectornoun

any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease;

‘mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever’; ‘fleas are vectors of the plague’; ‘aphids are transmitters of plant diseases’; ‘when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects’;