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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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They believe that such additions could enhance the binding between the swab and irregularly shaped explosive particles.
The swabs used in the ESK product are Puritan's famous flock swabs, known for their superior collection and release qualities.
There are many types of swabs. The high number of different swabs may lead to many problems.
The cost of the flocked swab method was 58% less in terms of equipment and procedural time than for nasopharyngeal aspiration in this 106-patient study, Dr.
" The CBI sent us slides supposedly containing the swabs of Arushi.
The use of the swab to collect a specimen was first recorded in 1893.
When a patient undergoes an operation, the medical team should count the number of swabs used and then re-count them after the procedure is completed.
I searched the data sheets on both clexane and fragmin via the Ministry of Health's medsafe site (www.medsafe.govt.nz), but neither gave instructions for using alcohol swabs before subcutaneous injections.
The swabs are small pieces of pink paper that, when wiped across a surface, turn blue if traces of cocaine are present.
(1.) Gaydos CA et al., Internet-based screening for Chlamydia trachomatis to reach nonclinic populations with marled sell administered vaginal swabs, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2006.
Furthermore, comparisons of sequences from the ND-1 mitochondrial gene region showed a 100% sequence agreement of DNA from cells obtained by clips and swabs. To determine the number of swabs needed to obtain adequate yields of DNA for analyses, the visceras and feet of 5 Q.
* New Olive Virgin Oil Swabs have been introduced by DHC USA, Inc.