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 Freshwater pearls are produced by mollusks in non-saline water, also called freshwater. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Best pearls: 2021’s essential accessory," 10 Mar. 2021 Like adult studies, half of the children participants receive an injection with the vaccine, and the second half of the participants receive a saline placebo injection. Dr. Raehannah Jamshidi, ABC News, "COVID-19 vaccine testing on children: What scientists want you to know," 26 Feb. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In part two of the study, some children will receive a placebo shot of saline, which does not do anything. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Moderna begins COVID-19 vaccine trials for children under 12," 16 Mar. 2021 For every two of us, real vaccine shots were given; every third person got a saline injection. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After getting placebo in vaccine trial, medical reporter opts for the real thing -- and wrestles with his decision," 29 Jan. 2021 Like the studies covering the adult population, this part of the study will be randomized and placebo-controlled, meaning that each group of children will have a control group that will only receive a saline solution. Chris Smith, BGR, "Moderna is testing a new coronavirus vaccine that so many people have been waiting for," 17 Mar. 2021 The Pfizer vaccine needs to be combined with a separate saline solution and, once mixed, has to be used or discarded after six hours. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "With COVID-19 shots in short supply, some people are getting vaccinated with leftover doses that might otherwise be wasted. ‘Better in your arm than in the trash.’," 4 Mar. 2021 To prepare one dose, the entire vial must be thawed and mixed with a saline solution. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Leftovers: Inside The Fierce Hunt For Extra Vaccines," 26 Feb. 2021 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

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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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19 Mar 2021

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“Saline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saline. Accessed 19 Apr. 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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