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'vector' - used as a noun
1. a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
2. a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
3. 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
when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects
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