Meaning of SALINE in English

SALINE

— salinity /seuh lin"i tee/ , n.

/say"leen, -luyn/ , adj.

1. of, containing, or resembling common table salt; salty or saltlike: a saline solution.

2. of or pertaining to a chemical salt, esp. of sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc., as used as a cathartic.

3. of or pertaining to a method of abortion involving injection of hypertonic saline solution into the amniotic cavity during the second trimester.

n.

4. a sterile solution of sodium chloride used to dilute medications or for intravenous therapy.

5. salty water; a salty solution.

[ 1400-50; ME: composed of salt salinus salty, equiv. to sal SAL + -inus -INE 1 ]

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