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Synonyms for vector

the compass direction in which a ship or an aircraft moves

Synonyms for vector

a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

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

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

(genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell

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To quantify the potential risk of flies as bacterial carriers, a Mechanical Vector Risk Index (MVRI) is proposed.
Role of the moth fly Clogmia albipunctata (Diptera: Psychodinae) as a mechanical vector of bacterial pathogens in German hospitals.
The ant diversity registered in Brazil with potential to act as mechanical vector of pathogenic microorganisms in hospital environments is significantly higher than in European countries.
The Brazilian legislation has been improved to guarantee the food safety and consider the mechanical vector as animals that convey infectious agents from reservoirs until the potential hosts, acting as carriers of such agents, which take contaminants to the foods, worsening the human health (ANVISA 2010).
Mosquitoes are not simply mechanical vectors or mobile fomites.
Horse flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) are known world-wide as important mechanical vectors of viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and helminths that cause diseases in wild and domestic animals.
Differentiate between biological and mechanical vectors
Understanding of Anaplasma marginale epidemiology demands the evaluation of several factors, involving not only biological or mechanical vectors, but also physiological events such as host immunity, intrauterine infection of fetus and parasite behavior in the host.
There is growing evidence that migratory birds serve as reservoirs and/or mechanical vectors for pathogens such as tick-borne encephalitis virus and Rickettsia spp.
These studies have incriminated tabanids as mechanical vectors of T.
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