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sa·line / ˈsāˌlēn; -ˌlīn/ • adj. containing or impregnated with salt: saline alluvial soils. ∎  chiefly Med. (of a solution) containing sodium chloride and/or a salt or salts of magnesium or another alkali metal. • n. a saline solution used in medicine. DERIVATIVES: sa·lin·i·ty / səˈlinitē/ n. sal·i·ni·za·tion / ˌsalənəˈzāshən/ n. sal·i·nize / ˈsaləˌnīz/ v.

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saline (normal saline, physiological saline) (say-lyn) n. a 0.9% solution of sodium chloride in distilled water. Saline may be used clinically for irrigating wounds, treating sodium depletion (by intravenous infusion), as a diluent for drugs, and as an ingredient of plasma substitute.

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saline
1. Pertaining to salt.

2. An aqueous solution of sodium chloride, with or without other salts, and approximately isotonic with body fluids, which is employed for the temporary maintenance of living cells and tissues.

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saline
1. Pertaining to salt.

2. An aqueous solution of sodium chloride, with or without other salts, and approximately isotonic with body fluids, that is employed for the temporary maintenance of living cells and tissues.

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saline pert. to salt XV; sb. salt lake, etc.; saline purge XIX. — medL. salīnum, f. L. sāl SALT; see -INE1.

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saline Describing a chemical compound that is a salt, or a solution containing a salt. See also physiological saline.