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swab out

1. To use something absorbent to clean the inside of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "out." Did you hear me? I said go clean your room! Do you need to swab your ears out? The doctor carefully swabbed out the wound and then rinsed it with a saline solution.
2. To use something absorbent to clean dirt or other contaminants out of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "out." It always makes me gag to see him swabbing wax out of his ears like that. Make sure you carefully swab out all the dirt before you apply the bandage.
See also: out, swab

swab down

To clean or wash some surface with an absorbent cleaning implement. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "down." He has been relegated to swabbing down the deck for the foreseeable future as punishment for his actions. I swabbed her brow down with a cool, wet sponge.
See also: down, swab

swab (something) out of (something)

To wipe dirt or other contaminants out of something with a something absorbent or cleansing. It always makes me gag to see him swabbing wax out of his ears like that. Make sure you carefully swab all the dirt out of the wound before you apply the bandage.
See also: of, out, swab

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

v.
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

v.
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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To test the feasibility of isolating DNA by swabbing of the viscera, foot and mantle, we initially sampled both mantle clips and brush swabs from 8 Q.
To remove corrosion, try spraying a light coat of corrosion preventive compound, NSN 8030-00-546 8637, and scrubbing with that short-bristled acid swabbing brush.
Acceptable swabbing would require the prior permission of a magistrate as well as guarantees that information from a swab will be destroyed if the person is not convicted of a crime.
Haft got no further treatment; the others were treated with one of the following: a paw dipped in tincture of iodine or povidone iodine (an over-the-counter germicidal solution), skin swabbing with tincture of iodine (some with a covering bandage) or oral administration of potassium iodide.
The presence of viable EBOV and viral RNA in body fluids of EVD patients has been studied, and oral swabbing has been shown to be effective for diagnosis of EVD by RT-PCR compared with testing of serum samples from the same persons (10,11).
She said the problem was only identified as a piece of swabbing when she decided to have the lump surgically removed at Northfield's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
Scabs were removed from eschars before swabbing. The swabs, while being rotated vigorously, were directed to the base of the eschar at a 50[degrees]-60[degrees] angle for 5-6 times.
We assessed the relevance of using cutaneous swabbing instead of full-skin tissue samples for viral MCPyV DNA detection.
With our handwashing and canine skin and ear canal swabbing techniques, a larger surface area was sampled, especially on human hands, and the PCR was presumably able to detect low cell numbers within a large sample aliquot.
Swabbing environmental surfaces may not be the most efficient means of recovering bacterial contamination if quantitation (i.e., estimate of magnitude) is the objective of the sampling; however, in some situations a swab sample may be the best available sampling method.
The carriage rate was higher than expected for this age group (4), suggesting that we had efficient swabbing and microbiologic techniques.
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.