adhesion

noun
ad·​he·​sion | \ ad-ˈhē-zhən How to pronounce adhesion (audio) , əd- \

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

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Other Words from adhesion

adhesional \ ad-​ˈhēzh-​nəl How to pronounce adhesional (audio) , -​ˈhē-​zhə-​nᵊl , əd-​ \ adjective

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Examples of adhesion in a Sentence

the adhesion of the coating the adhesion of the mud to my shoes
Recent Examples on the Web Always buy one that’s brand new, because after five years, the glue inside any helmet loses adhesion. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Zero FX: The Amazing Silent Speedy Electric Dirt Bike," 25 Aug. 2019 The goal, says Clinch, is to strengthen the adhesion between the skin cells and the cornea. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, "Extreme Dry Eye Left Fox News' Shannon Bream Suicidal: 'I Was in Pain All the Time'," 14 Nov. 2019 Around the same time, calves were being stillborn with a condition called bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Always buy one that’s brand new, because after five years, the glue inside any helmet loses adhesion. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Zero FX: The Amazing Silent Speedy Electric Dirt Bike," 25 Aug. 2019 Always buy one that’s brand new, because after five years, the glue inside any helmet loses adhesion. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Zero FX: The Amazing Silent Speedy Electric Dirt Bike," 25 Aug. 2019 Around the same time, calves were being stillborn with a condition called bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Around the same time, calves were being stillborn with a condition called bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Around the same time, calves were being stillborn with a condition called bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of adhesion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adhesion

borrowed from French or Latin; French adhésion, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin adhaesiōn-, adhaesiō, from adhaes-, variant stem of adhaerēre "to adhere" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns (expected *adhaestiō presumably simplified to adhaesiō by analogy)

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The first known use of adhesion was in the 15th century

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“Adhesion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhesion. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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adhesion

noun
How to pronounce adhesion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of adhesion

: 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

adhesion

noun
ad·​he·​sion | \ ad-ˈhē-zhən How to pronounce adhesion (audio) \

Kids Definition of adhesion

: the act or state of sticking They tested the adhesion of the paint to the wall.

adhesion

noun
ad·​he·​sion | \ ad-ˈhē-zhən, əd- How to pronounce adhesion (audio) \

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)
2a : 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 sense 2

Other Words from adhesion

adhesional \ -​ˈhēzh-​nəl, -​ˈhē-​zhən-​ᵊl How to pronounce adhesional (audio) \ adjective

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