ther·​mo·​ha·​line ˌthər-mō-ˈhā-ˌlīn How to pronounce thermohaline (audio) -ˈha- How to pronounce thermohaline (audio)
: involving or dependent upon the conjoint effect of temperature and salinity
thermohaline circulation in the Pacific

Examples of thermohaline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to a multistage configuration of evaporators and condensers organized into upper and lower sections, water flows in eddies, mimicking the thermohaline circulation of deep-ocean currents controlled by temperature and salinity. Angela Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2023

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Word History


therm- + Greek hal-, hals salt — more at salt

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thermohaline was in 1942

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“Thermohaline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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