Meaning of ADHESION in English

adˈhēzhən, əd- noun

( -s )

Etymology: French or Latin; French adhésion, from Latin adhaesion-, adhaesio, from adhaesus (past participle of adhaerēre ) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : steady or firm attachment (as to a person, party, principle, or idea) : adherence

unshakable adhesion to one … individual — D.W.Brogan

adhesion … to the federal party — H.E.Scudder

2. : the action or state of adhering ; specifically : a sticking together of substances (as of glue and wood or of parts united by growth)


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

4. : something that adheres

freeing the concept of executive functions from certain adhesions sometimes confused with them — Harold Koontz & Cyril O'Donnell

5. : the act of joining, taking part in, or subscribing to

adhesion of all countries to a copyright convention

: agreement to join : concurrence

the country announced its adhesion to the pact

6. : the union of separate plant parts or organs — used chiefly of union between parts of different floral whorls (as between sepals and carpels); compare cohesion


a. : a grip or sticking effect produced by friction or the friction itself (as of a smooth locomotive wheel pulling on a smooth rail)

b. : the force that must be developed to overcome this grip before slip occurs

8. : the molecular attraction exerted between the surfaces of bodies in contact — distinguished from cohesion

9. : the association of apparently unrelated elements in a culture complex

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