saline

adjective
sa·​line | \ ˈsā-ˌlēn How to pronounce saline (audio) , -ˌlīn \

Definition of saline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of or containing salt a saline solution
2 : of, relating to, or resembling salt : salty a saline taste
3 : consisting of or relating to the salts of the alkali metals or of magnesium a saline cathartic

saline

noun

Definition of saline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a metallic salt especially : a salt of potassium, sodium, or magnesium with a cathartic action
2 : a saline solution especially : one isosmotic with body fluids

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Other Words from saline

Adjective

salinity \ sā-​ˈli-​nə-​tē How to pronounce salinity (audio) , sə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for saline

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of saline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Italy, $12 Crisp and citrusy, this wine has a saline character that reflects the marine fossils in the region where the grapes are grown. Dave Mcintyre Columnist, Washington Post, "At $12, these two white wines prove that pinot grigio doesn’t always mean boring," 10 July 2020 Beyond soaking your fruit in a saline solution, there's not much that can be done to get rid of SWDs once their eggs have been laid in the fruit. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Bugs and maggots may crawl out of strawberries washed in salt water. Stay calm, experts say.," 22 May 2020 The person then receives the nasal swabbing kit and saline solution, which will house the swab when the kit is mailed back to Everlywell. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "A New Coronavirus Test Will Let You Perform Nasal Swabs From Home," 18 May 2020 In Vietnam, earlier-than-normal saline buildup in the Mekong Delta is threatening rice paddies, and timing for precipitation is fluctuating across the globe. Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg.com, "Climate Change Is Coming for Your Oreos," 15 July 2019 The 187 patients in the trial are either getting massive doses of famotidine, the active ingredient in Pepcid, or a saline placebo solution, and the first results won't be released for at least a few weeks. TheWeek, "Common heartburn medicine being tested on COVID-19 patients in New York," 27 Apr. 2020 Each one contains a set of cotton swabs and a test tube of saline solution to put them in, along with directions for how to package and return the sample via commercial overnight delivery. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "At-Home Coronavirus-Sample-Collection Kits Aren’t Perfect but Could Help Fill Testing Gap," 24 Apr. 2020 The plasma is collected in a separate bag, and the blood that was drawn is returned to your body with a saline solution through the needle already in your arm. Tim Herrera, New York Times, "What Is Convalescent Plasma, and Why Do We Care About It?," 24 Apr. 2020 The company also is assembling and providing the state with the kits, consisting of swabs and tubes of saline solution, used to collect specimens from patients. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exact Sciences in Madison ready to process 20,000 coronavirus tests per week, expanding Wisconsin's testing capacity," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bottles were shoveled into the warehouse, then filled with saline in what workers described as unsanitary conditions. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "FEMA Ordered $10.2 Million in COVID-19 Testing Kits It’s Now Warning States Not to Use," 26 June 2020 The patients were not supplied with any oxygen support or any other support, no saline drips were shown with the beds and there was no one to attend the patients. Vedika Sud, CNN, "As Delhi becomes India's coronavirus capital, its hospitals are struggling to cope," 25 June 2020 Closer to reality are actual efforts to slow biological processes to a fraction of their normal rate by replacing blood with ice-cold saline to prevent cell death in severe trauma. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Switch in Mouse Brain Induces a Deep Slumber Similar to Hibernation," 15 June 2020 Other officers destroyed medical supplies such as bandages and saline solution. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "George Floyd live updates: Minneapolis seeks to 'dismantle' police department; Kanye West disrupts Chicago rally," 5 June 2020 The flood threatened to overrun supplies of saline and protective gear with shipments sometimes arriving at the last possible moment. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: 50,000 hospital beds, and a doctor who's been here before," 7 Apr. 2020 Hospitals have long struggled with shortages of injectable medications and staples like saline. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Inundated With Flu Patients, U.S. Hospitals Brace for Coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020 Clorox is made by introducing an electric current to water and sodium chloride (saline), creating sodium hypochlorite. Araceli Cruz, refinery29.com, "Trump Isn’t The First To Dangerously Suggest Disinfectants Are A “Cure”," 26 Apr. 2020 Fait and his students are also working on grafting wine grapes onto vines that can tolerate higher levels of saline than conventional varieties can. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of saline

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for saline

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French salin, from Latin salinus, from sal salt — more at salt

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The first known use of saline was in the 15th century

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16 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saline. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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saline

adjective
How to pronounce saline (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of saline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

technical : containing salt

saline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saline (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : a mixture of salt and water

saline

adjective
sa·​line | \ ˈsā-ˌlēn How to pronounce saline (audio) , -ˌlīn How to pronounce saline (audio) \

Medical Definition of saline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of or containing salt a saline solution
2 : of, relating to, or resembling salt : salty a saline taste
3 : consisting of or relating to the salts especially of lithium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium a saline cathartic
4 : relating to or being abortion induced by the injection of a highly concentrated saline solution into the amniotic sac saline amniocentesis

saline

noun

Medical Definition of saline (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a metallic salt especially : a salt of potassium, sodium, or magnesium with a cathartic action
b : an aqueous solution of one or more such salts
2 : a saline solution used in physiology especially : physiological saline

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