swab

Definitions

General English

  • noun a thick piece of soft cloth, often attached to a small stick, used for cleaning a cut in your body or for taking samples of infection for analysis
  • noun a sample of infection taken for analysis
  • noun a cloth for wiping floors clear of water

Medical

  • noun a cotton wool pad, often attached to a small stick, used, e.g., to clean a wound, to apply ointment or to take a specimen
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