- 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 salinity
Historical Examples of salinity
In fact the salinity of the Caspian is only three-eights of that of the ocean.
This was a blow to Sturt, who had hoped to find it free from salinity.The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work
All the species seem to be more or less indifferent to the salinity of the water.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
In the equatorial region between these belts the salinity is markedly less, especially in the eastern part.
They exist in both fresh and salt water, and some species seem capable of thriving in brackish water of any degree of salinity.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
- 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 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.