[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. adfreeze,
  2. adh,
  3. adhan,
  4. adhd,
  5. adhere,
  6. adherend,
  7. adherent,
  8. adherently,
  9. adhesion,
  10. adhesiotomy

Origin of adherence

< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence

Related formsnon·ad·her·ence, nounpre·ad·her·ence, noun

Can be confusedadherence adherents adhesion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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