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 saline (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 The Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetland habitats are part of an important network of saline lake ecosystems that millions of birds depend on, according to Marcelle Shoop, director of Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This gift means the Great Salt Lake’s bird sanctuary is now larger and better protected," 26 Dec. 2020 The kits Vaccinating the nation also requires the simultaneous mass distribution of face masks, needles, syringes and alcohol wipes needed to administer shots, along with saline solution to dilute vials and create doses. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’," 14 Dec. 2020 The University of Arizona is piloting a saline gargle test this month that could make the testing process more efficient. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "What Colleges Learned from Fall Reopenings," 9 Dec. 2020 They were compared to others who were given a meningitis vaccine or a saline shot. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "AstraZeneca manufacturing error raises questions about vaccine study results," 26 Nov. 2020 Sea level rise, riverbank erosion, and cyclones are a growing threat in the country; meanwhile, the encroachment of saline water into coastal rice and shrimp farms makes many rural livelihoods untenable. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India’s megacities aren’t prepared for a wave of climate migrants," 3 Sep. 2020 The other half of participants will receive a placebo in the form of a saline shot. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Southern Oregon clinic joins the COVID-19 vaccine race, begins late-stage human trials," 18 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To be used, the vial must first be thawed and then mixed with a saline solution. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "'Don't waste vaccine!' After early confusion, experts say it's always better to use leftover shots than toss them.," 20 Feb. 2021 In addition, health care workers have found that the Pfizer vaccine, a frozen solution that is diluted with saline before it is given to people, can yield more than the initially thought five doses. Eric Levenson, CNN, "California surpasses 2 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, more than all but a few countries," 24 Dec. 2020 To determine how sensitive the gobies’ fins were, the team injected euthanized fish with a saline solution that kept their nerves operating normally during their experiment. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 that May Lead to New Inventions," 28 Dec. 2020 Once thawed and mixed with a saline solution, the hospital was ready to begin vaccinations Wednesday. CBS News, "Extra Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses bring optimism to embattled hospital workers: "What we've all been hoping for"," 19 Dec. 2020 Four participants who got the saline solution and not the vaccine died, two from unknown causes, one from a stroke and one from a heart attack. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 vaccine: What we know about the side effects," 18 Dec. 2020 They must be prepared with saline, syringes and other supplies — and a steady stream of people ready to receive two injections several weeks apart. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "‘I feel like healing is coming’: Coronavirus vaccinations begin in historic U.S. campaign," 14 Dec. 2020 Those vaccines eventually are diluted with enough saline solution to make 975 doses. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’," 14 Dec. 2020 In Cardiff on Tuesday, the lead pharmacist, Darrell Baker, watched as a colleague filled a syringe with saline solution, shook off a droplet and then injected it into a vial of the vaccine, before drawing the mixture into five new syringes. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "As U.K. Begins Vaccinations, a Glimpse of Life After Covid," 8 Dec. 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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30 Jan 2021

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“Saline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saline. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for saline

saline

adjective

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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