from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or state of adhering.
- n. Attachment or devotion; loyalty.
- n. Assent or agreement to join.
- n. Medicine A condition in which bodily tissues that are normally separate grow together.
- n. Medicine A fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures.
- n. Physics The physical attraction or joining of two substances, especially the macroscopically observable attraction of dissimilar substances.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The ability of a substance to stick to an unlike substance.
- n. Persistent attachment or loyalty.
- n. An agreement to adhere.
- n. An abnormal union of surface by the formation of new tissue resulting from an inflammatory process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The action of sticking; the state of being attached; intimate union.
- n. Adherence; steady or firm attachment; fidelity.
- n. Agreement to adhere; concurrence; assent.
- n. The molecular attraction exerted between bodies in contact. See Cohesion.
- n. Union of surface, normally separate, by the formation of new tissue resulting from an inflammatory process.
- n. The union of parts which are separate in other plants, or in younger states of the same plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of adhering, or of being united and attached; close connection or association: as, the adhesion of parts united by growth, cement, etc.; inflammatory adhesion of surfaces in disease.
- n. Steady attachment of the mind or feelings; firmness in opinion; adherence: as, an adhesion to vice.
- n. Assent; concurrence.
- n. That which adheres; accretion.
- n. In physical, molecular attraction exerted between the surfaces of bodies in contact, as between two solids, a solid and a liquid, or a solid and a gas. See extract, and cohesion.
- n. In botany, the union of parts normally separate. In pathology, especially in the plural, the adventitious bands or fibers by which inflamed parts have adhered, or are held together. In surgery, the reunion of divided parts by a particular kind of inflammation, called the adhesive. In mech., often used as synonymous with friction (which see).
- n. An expression of, or the act by which one expresses, acquiescence in, adherence to, and support of some statement, declaration, or proposal; assent; concurrence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures
- n. faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
- n. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
- n. abnormal union of bodily tissues; most common in the abdomen
French adhésion, from Latin adhaesiō, adhaesiōn-, from adhaesus, past participle of adhaerēre, to adhere; see adhere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French adhésion, from Latin stem of adhaesio, from past participle of adhaerare. (Wiktionary)