Meaning of SALINE in English

SALINE

I. ˈsā-ˌlēn, -ˌlīn 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 sā-ˈli-nə-tē, sə- noun

II. noun

Date: 1662

1. : a metallic salt ; especially : a salt of potassium, sodium, or magnesium with a cathartic action

2. : a saline solution ; especially : one isosmotic with body fluids

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