Definition Of swab


a mop or other absorbent device for cleaning or mopping up a floor or other surface.

an absorbent pad or piece of material used in surgery and medicine for cleaning wounds, applying medication, or taking specimens.

During the exam, your doctor may apply a cotton-tipped swab to the area to see if it is painful.

clean (a wound or surface) with a swab.

swabbing down the decks

Example Of swab

  • swab a patch of skin with alcohol

  • A piece of hair, a nail clipping, or a swab from a glass of beer could all be used to provide information without the person concerned ever knowing.

  • Additional airway bacterial cultures were obtained in all subjects at test 1, either by expectorated sputum samples or by oropharyngeal swabs .

  • After swabbing and assessing the lesions and collecting data, the nurse randomly assigned each patient to treatment with 2 percent fusidic acid cream or identical placebo three times daily.

  • After she had been told that this could be due to cold sore virus infection, the lesions were swabbed and sent for culture in viral transport medium.

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