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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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Role of the moth fly Clogmia albipunctata (Diptera: Psychodinae) as a mechanical vector of bacterial pathogens in German hospitals.
The female botfly attaches her eggs to the abdomen of a biting arthropod as a mechanical vector.
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.
This means that apart from the obvious bird to bird method of transmission the virus can also be transmitted via mechanical vectors such as vehicles, equipment and farm staff.
Houseflies: not simple mechanical vectors of entero-hemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7.
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