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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from early Dutch swabbe

swab

1 noun
     
Related topics: Hospital
swab1 [countable]
1MH a small piece of material used to clean a wound or take a small amount of a substance from someone's body in order to test it:
a cotton swab
2MH a small amount of a substance that is taken from someone's body with a swab in order to test it:
The doctor took a throat swab to check for infection.

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