adhesion

noun

ad·​he·​sion ad-ˈhē-zhən How to pronounce adhesion (audio)
əd-
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
adhesional
ad-ˈhēzh-nəl How to pronounce adhesion (audio)
-ˈhē-zhə-nᵊl
əd-
adjective

Examples of adhesion in a Sentence

the adhesion of the coating the adhesion of the mud to my shoes
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Word History

Etymology

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)

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Adhesion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhesion. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

adhesion

noun
ad·​he·​sion ad-ˈhē-zhən How to pronounce adhesion (audio)
əd-
1
: steady or firm attachment
especially : a sticking together
2
: abnormal union of tissues following inflammation (as after surgery)
3
: the molecular attraction between surfaces of bodies in contact

Medical Definition

adhesion

noun
ad·​he·​sion ad-ˈhē-zhən, əd- How to pronounce adhesion (audio)
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 sense 2
adhesional adjective

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