[sey-leen, -lahyn]
of, containing, or resembling common table salt; salty or saltlike: a saline solution.
of or pertaining to a chemical salt, especially of sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc., as used as a cathartic.
of or pertaining to a method of abortion involving injection of hypertonic saline solution into the amniotic cavity during the second trimester.
a sterile solution of sodium chloride used to dilute medications or for intravenous therapy.
salty water; a salty solution.

1400–50; Middle English: composed of salt < Latin salīnus salty, equivalent to sal sal + -īnus -ine1

salinity [suh-lin-i-tee] , noun
hypersaline, adjective
hypersalinity, noun
nonsaline, adjective
nonsalinity, noun
semisaline, adjective
subsaline, adjective
subsalinity, noun
unsaline, adjective Unabridged
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saline (ˈseɪlaɪn)
1.  of, concerned with, consisting of, or containing common salt: a saline taste
2.  med of or relating to a saline
3.  of, concerned with, consisting of, or containing any chemical salt, esp a metallic salt resembling sodium chloride
4.  med an isotonic solution of sodium chloride in distilled water
[C15: from Late Latin salīnus, from Latin sal salt]

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Word Origin & History

1450, probably from a Latin word related to salinum "salt cellar" and salinæ "salt pits," from sal (gen. salis) "salt" (see salt).
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saline sa·line (sā'lēn', -līn')

  1. Of, relating to, or containing salt; salty.

  2. Of or relating to chemical salts.

  1. A salt of magnesium or of the alkalis, used in medicine as a cathartic.

  2. A saline solution, especially one that is isotonic to blood.

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saline   (sā'lēn')  Pronunciation Key 
Of or containing salt.
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Example sentences
The plasma the company removes is replaced with a saline solution, in which
  your non-plasma blood components are returned.
Slightly saline, the lake is punctuated by spectacular tufa formations.
The closed-tube design allows saline aerials to be deployed on land, too.
One of his relatives, a pharmacist, was picked up a few days ago carrying gauze
  and saline solution.
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