alkaline

[al-kuh-lahyn, -lin]

adjective Chemistry.

of or like an alkali.
containing an alkali.
having the properties of an alkali.
having a pH value greater than 7.Compare acid(def 5c).

Nearby words

  1. alkali-loving,
  2. alkalic,
  3. alkalify,
  4. alkalimeter,
  5. alkalimetry,
  6. alkaline earth,
  7. alkaline earths,
  8. alkaline phosphatase,
  9. alkaline soil,
  10. alkaline tide

Origin of alkaline

First recorded in 1670–80; alkal(i) + -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for alkaline

alkaline

adjective

having the properties of or containing an alkali
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Word Origin and History for alkaline

alkaline

adj.

1670s, "pertaining to alkalis," from alkali + -ine (1). Of soils, attested from 1850.

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Medicine definitions for alkaline

alkaline

[ălkə-lĭn, -līn′]

adj.

Of, relating to, or containing an alkali.
Having a pH greater than 7.

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Science definitions for alkaline

alkaline

[ălkə-lĭn, -līn′]

Capable of neutralizing an acid. Bases are alkaline.
Relating to an alkali compound.
Having a pH greater than 7.
Having a relatively low concentration of hydrogen ions.
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