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swab

 [swahb]
a small pledget of cotton or gauze wrapped around the end of a slender wooden stick or wire for applying medications or obtaining specimens of secretions and other substances from body surfaces or orifices.

swab

(swob),
A wad of cotton, gauze, or other absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or clamp, used for applying or removing a substance from a surface.

swab

(swahb) a wad of cotton or other absorbent material attached to the end of a wire or stick, used for applying medication, removing material, collecting bacteriological material, etc.

swab

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swob

(swŏb)
n.
a. A small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire and used for cleansing a surface, applying medicine, or collecting a sample of a substance.
b. A sample collected with a swab.
tr.v. swabbed, swabbing, swabs also swobbed or swobbing or swobs
1. To use a swab on.
2. To clean with a swab.
3. To collect a sample from (a person, for example) using a swab.

swab

[swob]
Etymology: D, swabber, ship's drudge
a stick or clamp holding absorbent gauze or cotton, used for washing, cleansing, or drying a body surface; for collecting a specimen for laboratory examination; or for applying a topical medication.

swab

(swahb)
A wad of cotton, gauze, or other absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or clamp, used to apply or remove a substance from a surface.

swab

1. A folded piece of loose-woven cotton gauze, or other absorbent material, used in surgery to apply cleaning and antiseptic solutions to the skin and to mop up free blood and other fluids in the course of the operation.
2. A small sterile twist of cotton wool on the end of an orange stick used to obtain bacterial samples for culture and examination.

swab

pad of several thicknesses of sterile gauze/polyurethane sponge, used to absorb blood/other exudates

swab

wound surface cleansing, using gauze

swab

collection of fluid samples, in a designated sterile applicator, for laboratory analysis

swab 

A small piece of absorbent material (e.g. cotton) usually attached to the end of a stick or rod used to apply medication, to take specimens for analysis (e.g. from the bulbar conjunctiva or eyelids), or in surgery for cleaning a wound.

swab

1. a small pledget of cotton or gauze wrapped around the end of a slender wooden stick or wire for applying medications or obtaining specimens of secretions, etc., from body surfaces or orifices.
2. use of a swab to collect a specimen, e.g. collection of a sample of saliva for testing horses for doping.