Meaning of SALINE in English

I. ˈsāˌlēn, -līn adjective

Etymology: Middle English salyne, from Latin salinus, from sal salt + -inus -ine — more at salt

1. : consisting of or containing salt : saliferous

saline deposits

a saline solution

2. : of, relating to, or resembling salt : salty

a saline taste

saline compounds

the saline properties of the water — Alice Duncan-Kemp

3. : consisting of or relating to the salts of the alkali metals or of magnesium

a saline cathartic

II. ˈsāˌlēn, -ˌlīn, in sense 1 often səˈlēn noun

( -s )

Etymology: partly from Middle English salyne, from Latin salinae, plural, saltworks; partly from saline (I) — more at salina


a. : a spring of salt water

b. : a natural deposit of common salt or of any other soluble salt (as left by the evaporation of a lake)

c. : salina 2



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

(2) : an aqueous solution of one or more such salts

b. also sa·lin ˈsālə̇n : a crude potash obtained from beet residues and similar sources

3. salines plural : the naturally occurring soluble salts (as common salt, sodium carbonate, sodium nitrate, potassium salts, borax)

4. : a saline solution used in physiology ; especially : physiological salt solution for mammals

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