thermohaline

adjective

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

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermohaline. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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