adhesion


ad·he·sion

noun \ad-ˈhē-zhən, əd-\

: the act of adhering; especially : the act of sticking or attaching to something

medical : a condition in which body tissues that are supposed to be separate grow together because of swelling after surgery

Full Definition of ADHESION

1
:  steady or firm attachment :  adherence
2
:  the action or state of adhering
3
:  the abnormal union of separate tissue surfaces by new fibrous tissue resulting from an inflammatory process; also :  the newly formed uniting tissue
4
:  agreement to join <adhesion of all nations to a copyright convention>
5
:  the molecular attraction exerted between the surfaces of bodies in contact
ad·he·sion·al \-ˈhēzh-nəl, -ˈhē-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of ADHESION

  1. the adhesion of the coating
  2. the adhesion of the mud to my shoes

Origin of ADHESION

French or Latin; French adhésion, from Latin adhaesion-, adhaesio, from adhaerēre
First Known Use: 1624

ad·he·sion

noun \ad-ˈhē-zhən, əd-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ADHESION

1
: the action or state of adhering; specifically : a sticking together of substances (as of glue and wood or of parts united by growth)
2
a : the abnormal union of surfaces normally separate by the formation of new fibrous tissue resulting from an inflammatory process; also : the newly formed uniting tissue <pleural adhesions> b : the union of wound edges especially by first intention
3
: the molecular attraction exerted between the surfaces of bodies in contact—compare cohesion 2
ad·he·sion·al \-ˈhēzh-nəl, -ˈhē-zhən-əl\ adjective

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