saline
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French salin, from Latin salinus, from sal salt — more at salt Date: 15th century 1. consisting of or containing salt <
a saline solution
>
2. of, relating to, or resembling salt ; salty <
a saline taste
>
3. consisting of or relating to the salts of the alkali metals or of magnesium <
a saline cathartic
>
salinity noun II. noun Date: 1662 1. a metallic salt; especially a salt of potassium, sodium, or magnesium with a cathartic action 2. a saline solution; especially one isosmotic with body fluids

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