adhesion

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See also: adhésion and adhesión

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From French adhésion, from Latin stem of adhaesio, from past participle of adhaerare.

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adhesion (usually uncountable, plural adhesions)

  1. The ability of a substance to stick to an unlike substance.
  2. Persistent attachment or loyalty.
    • 1867, John Lothrop Motley, Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete[1]:
      Who doubts that the fineing, whipping, torturing, hanging, embowelling of men, women, and children, guilty of no other crime than adhesion to the Catholic faith, had assisted the Pope and Philip, and their band of English, Scotch, and Irish conspirators, to shake Elizabeth's throne and endanger her life?
  3. An agreement to adhere.
  4. (medicine) An abnormal union of surface by the formation of new tissue resulting from an inflammatory process.
  5. (biochemistry) The binding of a cell to a surface or substrate.

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