Pronunciation key

( əd-hēzhən )
( ad-hēzhən )



[Fr.; L. adhaesio < pp. of adhaerere see ADHERE].

  1. Sticking together or being stuck together.
  2. A sticking together of dissimilar materials.
  3. Adherence; to some thing, a devoted attachment.
  4. That which adheres.
  5. In medicine when normally separate tissues grow together.
  6. pl. bands of fibrous tissues by which such tissues are connected.
  7. In physics, the force or forces that hold together the dissimilar molecules of substances whose surfaces are in contact: differentiated from cohesion.


  • Biology of Plants, Fourth Edition, Worth Publishers Inc., Stanford University, Peter H. Raven and Helena Curtis, ©1971
  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
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