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verb as in clean

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A woman standing in line for a coronavirus test asks one of the officials if the test—a nose and throat swab—hurts.

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The throat swab is less invasive, requiring only a quick brush of the back of the tongue.

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorizations for more than 150 diagnostic Covid-19 tests, including those that rely on saliva and others that require a swab of deep in the nasal cavity, the front of the nose or the throat.

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The claims also included codes for a nasal swab coronavirus test.

The physician’s orders documented in the facility’s medical record also do not mention the nasal swab test.

Objects included “speaker wire, an AAA battery, open safety pins, a plastic cup, straws, a marble, and a cotton-tipped swab.”

She submitted to a DNA swab after some discussions between the authorities and her lawyer.

This consists of a tarred rope, or a flexible whip-stalk, three-fourths of an inch in diameter, with a swab or bulbous end.

I say, you young cub down there,” shouted the skipper to him from the hatchway, “come up and swab this deck.

A Lascar is standing by grinning, with a bucket of water and a deck-swab; they want to begin holystoning down the decks.

Then I jumps off my white mule, takes the swab by the heels, an' chucks him over the warehouse into a cactus bush.

Gordon is gone from us, and his name will pass, like that of the “swab” Tyler, into the quietude of the history-books.


On this page you'll find 27 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to swab, such as: daub, mop, scrub, sponge, wash, and wipe.

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