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[ad-heer-uh ns, -her-]
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  1. the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment: adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.
  2. the act or state of adhering; adhesion.
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Origin of adherence

< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence
Related formsnon·ad·her·ence, nounpre·ad·her·ence, noun
Can be confusedadherence adherents adhesion
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Related Words for adherence

attachment, faithfulness, loyalty, obedience, cohesion, constancy, fidelity

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Word Origin and History for adherence


mid-15c., "attachment to a person, support," from Middle French adhérence, from Latin adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nominative adhaerens), present participle of adhaerare (see adherent).

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adherence in Medicine


  1. The extent to which the patient continues the agreed-upon mode of treatment under limited supervision when faced with conflicting demands, as distinguished from compliance or maintenance.
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