|1.||the quality or condition of sticking together or holding fast|
|2.||ability to make firm contact without skidding or slipping|
|3.||attachment or fidelity, as to a political party, cause, etc|
|4.||an attraction or repulsion between the molecules of unlike substances in contact: distinguished from cohesion|
|5.||pathol abnormal union of structures or parts|
|usage Adhesion is the preferred term when talking about sticking or holding fast in a physical sense. Adherence is preferred when talking about attachment to a political party, cause, etc|
"Adhesion is generally used in the material, and adherence in the metaphysical sense." [Johnson]
adhesion ad·he·sion (ād-hē'zhən)
A condition in which body tissues that are normally separate grow together.
A fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures.
The union of opposing surfaces of a wound, especially in healing. Also called conglutination.
|adhesion (ād-hē'zhən) Pronunciation Key