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[ad-heer-uh ns, -her-] /ædˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr-/
noun
1.
the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment:
adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.
2.
the act or state of adhering; adhesion.
Origin
< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence
Related forms
nonadherence, noun
preadherence, noun
Can be confused
adherence, adherents, adhesion.
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Word Origin and History for preadherence
adherence
1530s, from Fr. adhérence, from L. adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nom. adhaerens), pp. of adhaerare (see adherent).
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preadherence in Medicine

adherence ad·her·ence (ād-hǐr'əns, -hěr'-)
n.
The extent to which the patient continues the agreed-upon mode of treatment under limited supervision when faced with conflicting demands, as distinguished from compliance or maintenance.

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