- an aqueous solution of the chlorides of sodium, potassium, and calcium in the same concentrations as normal body fluids, used chiefly in the laboratory for sustaining tissue.
Compare isotonic sodium chloride solution.
Origin of Ringer's solution
1890–95; named after Sydney Ringer (1835–1910), English physician
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- a solution containing the chlorides of sodium, potassium, and calcium, used to correct dehydration and, in physiological experiments, as a medium for in vitro preparations
named after its inventor, Sydney Ringer (1836–1910), British pharmacologist
- A solution resembling blood serum in its salt constituents, containing sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and calcium chloride in water, used topically for burns and wounds.
- A salt solution usually used in combination with naturally occurring body substances or with more complex chemically defined nutritive solutions for culturing animal cells.
- Ringer's injection.
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