Definition of Adhesive

1. Noun. A substance that unites or bonds surfaces together.

Exact synonyms: Adhesive Agent, Adhesive Material
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Specialized synonyms: Birdlime, Lime, Spirit Gum, Binder, Cement, Library Paste, Paste, Rubber Cement
Terms within: Epoxy, Epoxy Glue, Epoxy Resin

2. Adjective. Tending to adhere.

Definition of Adhesive

1. a. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.

Definition of Adhesive

1. Adjective. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances. ¹

2. Adjective. Apt or tending to adhere; clinging. ¹

3. Noun. A substance, such as glue, that provides or promotes adhesion. ¹

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Definition of Adhesive

1. a substance that causes adhesion [n -S]

Medical Definition of Adhesive

1. 1. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances that cause the adherence of two surfaces. They include glues (properly collagen-derived adhesives), mucilages, sticky pastes, gums, resins, or latex. 2. Apt or tending to adhere; clinging. Adhesive attraction. 3. That kind of inflammation which terminates in the reunion of divided parts without suppuration. Adhesive plaster, a sticking; a plaster containing resin, wax, litharge, and olive oil. Origin: Cf. F. Adhesif. Source: Websters Dictionary (25 Jun 1999)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adhesive

adhesio interthalamica
adhesion-related kinase
adhesion contract
adhesion dyspepsia
adhesion molecules
adhesion phenomenon
adhesion structures linked tyrosine kinase
adhesion test
adhesive (current term)
adhesive absorbent dressing
adhesive arachnoiditis
adhesive atelectasis
adhesive bandage
adhesive capsulitis
adhesive friction
adhesive inflammation
adhesive material
adhesive otitis
adhesive pericarditis
adhesive peritonitis
adhesive plaster
adhesive pleurisy
adhesive tape

Literary usage of Adhesive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"adhesive plaster, when well applied to the surface, becomes united with the ... The adhesive bands, moreover, act upon a surface much more extensive than ..."

2. Roscoe's Digest of the Law of Evidence on the Trial of Actions at Nisi Prius by Henry Roscoe, Maurice Powell (1884)
"adhesive stamps are allowed in the cases of the following instruments ... 47), adhesive postage stamps " to a proper amount may be used to denote any stamp ..."

3. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1908)
"THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE adhesive ORGAN AND HEAD MESOBLAST OF AMIA.1 JACOB ... The recent appearance of a paper on "The adhesive Organ of Amia" by ..."

4. Digest of the Law of Evidence on the Trial of Actions at Nisi Prius by Maurice Powell, Henry Roscoe (1891)
"Bill payable on demand, cheque, &c., adhesive stamp on.—Sect. 50. " The fixed duty of Irf. on a bill of exchange for the payment of money on demand may be ..."

5. Pye's Surgical Handicraft: A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery by Walter Pye (1893)
"OF THE USE OF adhesive STRAPPING. THE use of this material in surgical dressing, for the adhesive purposes of mechanical support, is steadily increasing, ..."

6. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1873)
"MOULTON'S adhesive Sign and Showcard Made of fine card-board, ... Having purchased the entire stock and good will of MONK'S adhesive ADVERTISING LETTERS, ..."

7. Report (1900)
"At his suggestion I have collected evidence which entirely justifies this suspicion and which is presented in what follows: The adhesive organ of Amia is a ..."

8. The Science and art of surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by Sir John Eric Erichsen (1864)
"Arteritis occurs under two distinct forms ; as the adhesive or Limited, ... adhesive arteritis may either be of an acute or of a chronic character, ..."

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