- of, containing, or resembling common table salt; salty or saltlike: a saline solution.
- of or relating to a chemical salt, especially of sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc., as used as a cathartic.
- of or relating to a method of abortion involving injection of hypertonic saline solution into the amniotic cavity during the second trimester.
- a sterile solution of sodium chloride used to dilute medications or for intravenous therapy.
- salty water; a salty solution.
Origin of saline
Examples from the Web for saline
A nurse at Saline Memorial Hospice, she was leaving work when her ex-boyfriend fatally shot her before turning the gun on himself.Use Your Vote to Take Stand Against Domestic Violence
October 16, 2014
Discouting the gross factor of swimming in that saline cesspool, there are some awesome images.Rand Paul Swims in the Dead Sea
January 14, 2013
I had saline mixed with Lidocaine pumped into my face to constrict my blood vessels and numb me so I could endure the zapping.Hey, Ashley Judd: I’m Puffy From Cosmetic Surgery—And Proud of It
April 14, 2012
Each subject went through this process twice, once being given a saline vial, once a vial of actual tears.Why Women's Tears Turn Off Men
January 6, 2011
The residue is of a brown color, and has a saline, bitter taste.
His were the shinbones of the saline beef; his would have been the drumsticks.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Sales and rents of saline lands, produced an income of $4,636.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
Water replete with saline particles, as brine-pickle for salt meat.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The walls are built of a sort of clay glittering with saline incrustations.Great African Travellers
- of, concerned with, consisting of, or containing common salta saline taste
- med of or relating to a saline
- of, concerned with, consisting of, or containing any chemical salt, esp a metallic salt resembling sodium chloride
- med an isotonic solution of sodium chloride in distilled water
Word Origin and History for saline
"made of salt," c.1500, probably from a Latin word related to salinum "salt cellar" and salinae "salt pits," from sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)). Also in Middle English as a noun meaning "salt pit" (13c.). Saline solution attested from 1833.
- Of, relating to, or containing salt; salty.
- Of or relating to chemical salts.
- A salt of magnesium or of the alkalis, used in medicine as a cathartic.
- A saline solution, especially one that is isotonic to blood.
- Of or containing salt.