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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

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.

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 

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.
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Comparison of our data shows that swabbing of the foot and viscera of Q.
Number of n Cell Collection Tissue Swab Mean DNA Technique Source Strokes Yield (ng/[micro]l) Mantle Mantle 8 447.0 [[+ or -] 143.3 clipping Integument Viscera and 8 8 975.6 [+ or -] 779.5 swabbing mantle Viscera and 6 5 852.6 [+ or -] 237.4 foot Viscera and 4 5 833.8 [+ or -] 317.0 foot Viscera and 2 5 399.4 [+ or -] 83.5 foot
While cautioning that these were animal studies, Miller told SCIENCE NEWS, "We think there is a failry good possiblity that this technique will aslo work in humans." Moreover, since these skin compounds are approved for human use, and since the effective dose in rats suggests human skin swabbing need only cover an area the size of a hand or scraped knee, Miller sees little concern over safety.
Although these studies included data from outbreak situations, they are limited in their sampling numbers, swabbing surfaces, and time course, and it is unknown how predictive they are for samples collected postmortem.
Our results show that the EBOV RT-PCR RNA target is highly stable, swabbing upper respiratory mucosa is efficient for obtaining samples for diagnostics, and tissue biopsies are no more effective than simple swabbing for virus detection.
Swabbing an eschar is a rapid and simple technique that can be easily performed without risk for the side effects associated with biopsy sampling.
Our results demonstrate that MCPyV DNA can be efficiently detected by cutaneous swabbing. This easy method could be a useful tool for future epidemiologic or molecular studies targeting MCPyV.
Because disinfection of the skin before a biopsy may eliminate potential viral DNA from the epidermis, cutaneous swabbing may produce a more thorough sample for testing.
The use of calcium alginate wool for swabbing dairy equipment.
Swab samples were collected by removing a sterile, rayon (noncotton) swab (Environmental Swab Kit, CDC, Atlanta, GA) from a sterile tube, moistening it by inserting it into a second tube which contained a sponge soaked with sterile 1.5 mL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.2, and then swabbing the selected surface by moving the swab back and forth across the surface with several horizontal strokes, then several vertical strokes.