saline

adjective
sa·​line | \ˈsā-ˌlēn, -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 , sə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for saline

Synonyms: Adjective

brackish, briny, salt, salty

Antonyms: Adjective

nonsaline

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Examples of saline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rest the rim of a small, clean drinking glass containing water or saline solution against the bone right underneath your eye socket, then pour the water over your eyeball, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018 When those metals come into contact with sweat, saline or even fluid discharges from wounds, silver acts as the positive electrode and zinc serves as the negative electrode – and electricity flows between them. Asimina Kiourti, Smithsonian, "The Next Generation of ‘Smart’ Fabrics Could Have Electronics Embroidered Into Them," 12 Mar. 2018 These balloons are inserted via a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure and are inflated with a saline solution once in place in the stomach. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "12 People Have Died After Trying This Popular Weight-Loss Procedure. Here's What You Should Know," 7 June 2018 The balloons function by taking up space in a patient’s stomach through the mouth and then filling with saline solution, according to the FDA. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Weight loss balloons linked to 12 deaths, FDA warns," 5 June 2018 Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline solution. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Weight loss balloons now linked to 12 deaths," 4 June 2018 Luckily, corneal abrasions often heal in a day or two, and doing things like rinsing your eye with clean water or a saline solution might help with the discomfort. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Exactly Causes Red, Bloodshot Eyes?," 25 May 2018 Supplies of saline bags never fully recovered after a shortage in 2014. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska hospitals are coping with the nationwide IV bag shortage linked to Puerto Rico hurricane damage," 10 Jan. 2018 Researchers chose to target the four birds as priorities after a report identified issues facing their habitat in the Colorado River Basin and saline lakes. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Program asks for public's help spotting, researching birds in regional counting project," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Season the water with coarse kosher salt to taste, but don't make it as saline as seawater — more like tears. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Potatoes and Swiss Chard Stems," 12 Sep. 2012 Fish injected with both acid and morphine also showed some of these unusual behaviors, but to a much lesser extent, whereas fish injected with saline never behaved oddly. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018 The ’15 Lafarge was rounder and saline, though without the energy of the Pernot, while the ’14 De Villaine Bouzeron was rich, full and lip-smacking, with both energy and salinity. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Aligoté Defense Rests," 28 June 2018 The procedure washes the uterus with saline, which is then analyzed for biomarkers — DNA fragments and other byproducts shed by tumors — to determine if cancer is present. Claire Altschuler, chicagotribune.com, "Racing against cancer: New efforts to save lives with early detection," 21 May 2018 The moment the fangs touch the glove, the venom glands plunge like hypodermic needles, shooting poison into saline. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 These fills involve injecting saline through a port to tighten the opening to the stomach. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Patients say Mexican weight-loss operations killed 1, harmed others," 28 Apr. 2018 In fact, shortages of saline and other solutions have existed for years, forcing the U.S. to import them from several countries. Phillip L. Zweig And, WSJ, "Where Does the Law Against Kickbacks Not Apply? Your Hospital," 7 May 2018 These fills involve injecting saline through a port to tighten the opening to the stomach. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Patients say Mexican weight-loss operations killed 1, harmed others," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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saline

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of saline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing salt

saline

noun

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

: a mixture of salt and water

saline

adjective
sa·​line | \ˈsā-ˌlēn, -ˌlīn \

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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