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swab

1. Med
a. a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc., for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc.
b. the specimen so obtained
2. a mop for cleaning floors, decks, etc.

swab

[swäb]
(mining engineering)
A pistonlike device provided with a rubber cap ring that is used to clean out debris inside a borehole or casing.
The act of cleaning the inside of a tubular object with a swab.
(petroleum engineering)
In petroleum drilling, to pull the drill string so rapidly that the drill mud is sucked up and overflows the collar of the borehole, thus leaving an undesirably empty borehole.

swab

/swob/ The PDP-11 swap byte instruction mnemonic, as immortalised in the dd option "conv=swab".

1. To solve the NUXI problem by swapping bytes in a file.

2. The program in V7 Unix used to perform this action, or anything functionally equivalent to it.

See also big-endian, little-endian, middle-endian, bytesexual.
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The development of the forensic swab market is centered on the demand that is being generated from the forensic and medical sector primarily.
'It doesn't mean that if you swab something and it's negative, there's no drugs there,' Aquino said.
Second, the cotton swabs can make cerumen itself drier, reducing its ability to come out on its own.
For children and pediatric patients, rectal swabs are more convenient to be collected by parents or nurses.
In addition, the trend of the expanding need for DNA specimens dictates that swabs used in that area must be free of cross-contamination and protected from inadvertent contamination at every step of production as well as in use and transport.
In addition, 95% of health care providers and 82% of home caregivers considered rectal swabs easy to use, while 10% considered them unacceptable.
Justice Moldaver reasoned that because it was the complainant's DNA that was sought via a penile swab and not Mr.
Only 6% of patients presented with a fistula, which underscores the remarkable way in which the body seals off the swab without allowing a loss in gastrointestinal continuity.
"Our new, clinically proven Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs were developed to help shorten colds so that users can step up and seize the day."
Gaydos, Dr.P.H., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Development of Point of Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Baltimore, said that despite the men's initial concerns about undergoing another swab after the discomfort of the urethral swab, all of them preferred the self-collected penile swab.
The 28-year-old mom, Theresa Nguyen, from Wellington described her "painful" experience of having a big swab left inside her body.
Exclusion criteria included having taken an antibiotic in the preceding 28 days and being unable or unwilling to take a vulvovaginal swab or undergo clinician examination and sample collection.