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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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The triangulation is used as a shape detector of swabs: Falling laser ray creates an arc on the swab.
The average estimated yield of epithelial ceils rated by laboratory personnel on a 1-4 scale was a score of 3.6 per flocked swab and 3.0 per nasal aspirate.
Among the people who handled the swabs are Dr Sunil Dore, who conducted the autopsy; constables Pawan and Rajpal; Data Ram, the station house officer of Noida Sector 39 police station who was later suspended; Navnit and Vikas, the lab technicians at Noida District Hospital's pathology lab; the hospital's pathologist Dr Ritcha Saxena and an expert panel of doctors at All- India Institute of Medical Sciences.
There are several basic media used in swab systems.
"Yet in these two cases, it appears the staff did not notice that they were one swab short.
After consulting the Marsden Manual, I discovered that cleansing with an alcohol swab may, in fact, predispose the skin to hardening and does not appear to reduce infections.
"The swabs are an excellent indicator to the staff that controlled drugs are being misused in that location and it allows for remedial action to be taken to deal with the issue.
Furthermore, it would be informative to determine the minimum number of integumental swabs required to provide an adequate amount of mDNA for sequence analyses.
Then, slip a cotton swab through the rubber band loop poking through the hole.
A spokesman for Northampton-based Crime Scene Investigations Equipment, which sells the swabs in the UK, said the tests were almost 100% accurate.
The 300-count packages will contain blue, green, melon and pink swabs, while the 500-count packages will offer teal, purple, red and gold swabs.