- of, characteristic of, or containing common salt, or sodium chloride
- of or containing any of the salts of the alkali metals or magnesium
Origin of salineLate Middle English salyne from Classical Latin salinus from sal, salt
- a salt spring, lick, mine, etc.
- a salt of magnesium or of an alkali metal, often used as a cathartic
- a saline solution, esp. one that is isotonic, used in medical treatment or biological experiments