Definition of stenohaline in English:

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stenohaline

Pronunciation: /ˌstɛnəʊˈheɪlʌɪn/
/ˌstɛnəʊˈheɪliːn/

adjective

Ecology
(Of an aquatic organism) able to tolerate only a narrow range of salinity. Often contrasted with euryhaline.
Example sentences
  • Considering the three patterns of ontogeny of postembryonic osmoregulation, it is clear that the studied species classed in pattern I (all stages are weak osmoregulators or osmoconformers) are marine stenohaline osmoconformers.
  • In one group of species, osmoregulation varies little with developmental stage; the adults of these species, mostly marine and stenohaline, are weak regulators or osmoconformers.
  • Periods of decreased river flow enlarge the proportion of the estuary habitat favored by stenohaline organisms preferring highly saline conditions.

Origin

1930s: from Greek stenos 'narrow' + halinos 'of salt'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: steno|hal¦ine

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