[ad-heer-uh ns, -her-]

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. 2018

Word Origin and History for nonadherence



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

nonadherence 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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