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swab something down

to wash or scrub something, such as the deck of a ship. The sailors were told to swab the deck down each day. Swab down the deck!
See also: down, swab

swab something out

to wash or wipe something out in order to make it clean. The doctor swabbed my ear out carefully. The doctor swabbed out my ear carefully.
See also: out, swab

swab something out of something

 and swab something Out
to wipe or mop something out of something. The doctor swabbed the wax out of my ear. I swabbed out the last of the mud on the floor.
See also: of, out, swab

swab down

To clean a surface with a swab: The sailor swabbed down the deck. If the table is dirty, swab it down with lots of soap.
See also: down, swab

swab out

To clean the inside of something with a swab: I used this cloth to swab out the rifles. The doctor swabbed my ear out.
See also: out, swab
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Our results demonstrate that MCPyV DNA can be efficiently detected by cutaneous swabbing.
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.
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Clark, the recently appointed chief executive officer, stated, "We are very excited to be adding these additional swabbing units to the eight units we currently have in the field.
The carriage rate was higher than expected for this age group (4), suggesting that we had efficient swabbing and microbiologic techniques.
The acquisition comes complete with existing producing oil and gas wells, three swabbing units, fully staffed field and office personnel, supply room, shop and all other items necessary to run this field operation.
The marked difference in W-135 carriage rates is unlikely to be due to selection bias or study methods, as we used the same recruitment strategy, swabbing techniques, and laboratory methods in 2002 and 2001.
With the wells and existing production, comes a completely staffed and functional field operation; swabbing units; vehicles; office building; shop and eleven (11) acres of land where the field operations will be maintained.
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.