EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. noun a sterile solution of sodium chloride used to dilute medications or for intravenous therapy. salty water; a salty solution. Origin of saline 1400–50; Middle English:
composed of salt <
salty, equivalent to
-īnus -ine 1 Related forms sa·lin·i·ty , [s uh- lin-i-tee] /səˈlɪn ɪ ti/ noun hy·per·sa·line, adjective hy·per·sa·lin·i·ty, noun non·sa·line, adjective non·sa·lin·i·ty, noun sem·i·sa·line, adjective sub·sa·line, adjective sub·sa·lin·i·ty, noun un·sa·line, adjective
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Examples from the Web for salinity Historical Examples of salinity British Dictionary definitions for salinity adjective of, concerned with, consisting of, or containing common salt a 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 noun med an isotonic solution of sodium chloride in distilled water Derived Forms salinity ( səˈlɪnɪtɪ), noun Word Origin for saline
C15: from Late Latin
salīnus, from Latin sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salinity adj.
"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.
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adj. Of, relating to, or containing salt; salty. Of or relating to chemical salts. n. A salt of magnesium or of the alkalis, used in medicine as a cathartic. A saline solution, especially one that is isotonic to blood.
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