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saline

adjective sa·line \ ˈsā-ˌlēn , -ˌlīn \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of saline

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

salinity

play \sā-ˈli-nə-tē, sə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of saline

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

saline Synonyms

Synonyms
brackish, briny, salty, salt
Antonyms
nonsaline
Related Words
hard
Near Antonyms
sweet; clear, pure; freshwater

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saline

noun

Definition of saline

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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First Known Use of saline

1662


SALINE Defined for English Language Learners

saline

adjective

Definition of saline for English Language Learners

  • : containing salt


saline

noun

Definition of saline for English Language Learners

  • : a mixture of salt and water


Medical Dictionary

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saline

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

medical Definition of saline

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

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saline

noun

medical Definition of saline

1 a : 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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