[ ad-heer-uh ns, -her- ]
/ ædˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr- /


the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment: adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.
the act or state of adhering; adhesion.

Origin of adherence

< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence

Related forms

non·ad·her·ence, nounpre·ad·her·ence, noun

Can be confused

adherence adherents adhesion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for adherence


[ ăd-hîrəns ]


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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