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adjective bio·ad·he·sive \-ad-ˈhē-siv, -əd-\

Medical Definition of bioadhesive

  1. :  tending to adhere to or cause adhesion in living tissue bioadhesive gels Encapsulating the drug in a bioadhesive polymer means that the capsule stays in the GI tract longer, allowing more drug molecules to diffuse from it and be absorbed through the intestinal walls.—Rebecca Rawls, Chemical & Engineering News, 31 Mar. 1997



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