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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

swab

also

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.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
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One of the first people to be swabbed is Tony Paris, who along with Steve Miller and Yusef Abdullahi, was wrongly jailed for the killing in 1990.
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