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stenohaline

[ sten-uh-hal-ahyn, -hey-lahyn ]
/ ˌstɛn əˈhæl aɪn, -ˈheɪ laɪn /
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adjective
(of an aquatic organism) unable to withstand wide variation in salinity of the surrounding water.
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Origin of stenohaline

First recorded in 1925–30; steno- + Greek hálinos “made of or from salt”; see salt1
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British Dictionary definitions for stenohaline

stenohaline
/ (ˌstɛnəʊˈheɪliːn, -laɪn) /

adjective
(of certain aquatic animals) able to exist only within a narrow range of salinityCompare euryhaline

Word Origin for stenohaline

C20: from steno- + haline, from Greek hals salt + -ine 1
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