Meaning of SALINE in English


Pronunciation: ' s ā - ˌ l ē n, - ˌ l ī n

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French salin, from Latin salinus, from sal salt ― more at SALT

Date: 15th century

1 : consisting of or containing salt <a saline solution>

2 : of, relating to, or resembling salt : SALTY <a saline taste>

3 : consisting of or relating to the salts of the alkali metals or of magnesium <a saline cathartic>

– sa · lin · i · ty \ s ā - ' li-n ə -t ē , s ə - \ noun

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