Adjective "saline" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Containing or impregnated with salt.
  1. 'In coastal areas, a decline in the water-table can also induce flow of saline groundwater from the formation beneath the ocean or sea toward wells on land.'
  2. 'Hypertonic saline gauze is impregnated with dry sodium chloride.'
  3. 'The movement of saline water into freshwater aquifers, or saltwater intrusion, is usually caused by ground water pumping from coastal wells.'
  4. 'Third, germination of papyrus from seed may have been hampered by residual saline porewater in littoral soils.'
  5. 'Strong winds remove the fertile top soil and seawater intrusion during the rains leaves the soil and water saline.'
  6. 'Engineered plants can help improve harvests in limited and marginal lands, for example in saline soils or in drought-prone areas'
  7. 'When the waters receded, they left a broad plain of highly saline soil.'
  8. 'The Chenopodiaceae Suaeda salsa L. is native to saline soils of northern China and is adapted to growth in the high salt flooding region.'
  9. 'The detailed sequence of morphological changes of calcite crystals possibly provides a record of the elevation of the saline transition zone, with which hydrogeological models must be consistent.'
  10. 'Increased desiccation is indicated by post-3 Ma evaporite precipitation in topographic lows above Pliocene strata and development of a saline crust throughout the Peru-Chile Desert.'
  11. 'I was having a saline transfusion day and night'
  12. 'Immediately after thoracotomy, the pleural cavity was carefully washed with 100 mL of physical saline solution, and the fluid was examined.'
  13. 'All of the specimens were kept moist with physiologic saline solution during specimen preparation, fixation procedures, and biomechanical testing.'


A solution of salt in water.
  1. 'The control group was given distilled water plus saline.'
  2. 'Osborne developed a classification of plant proteins based on their solubility in a series of solvents, for example, albumins in water, globulins in dilute saline.'
  3. 'Sputum induction is a respiratory therapy technique that uses hypertonic saline to induce sputum production.'
  4. 'Loss of blood volume is initially counteracted by intravenous saline and later by typed and cross-matched blood transfusion.'
  5. 'Sodium pentobarbital, and either Trolox or saline were infused intravenously during the treatment.'


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

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

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

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

5. salty water; a salty solut

More examples(as adjective)

"lakes can be saline with layerings."

"solutions can be saline."

"waters can be saline."

"drips can be saline."

"lakes can be saline."

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Late 15th century: from Latin sal ‘salt’ + -ine.