Definition of adherence in US English:



  • 1Attachment or commitment to a person, cause, or belief.

    ‘a strict adherence to etiquette’
    ‘he moved to Avignon and won the adherence of the French king’
    • ‘The authors call for strengthening responses for victims of violence and promoting adherence to international treaties.’
    • ‘Patient-centered communication is positively associated with patient satisfaction, adherence, and better health outcomes.’
    • ‘We do not know all the circumstances, and I hope that adherence to confidentiality means that we never will.’
    • ‘Where written policies existed, they varied widely in adherence to the guidelines.’
    • ‘Ceremony implies honor, and honor implies an adherence to traditions.’
    • ‘They advocate adherence to the dietary guidelines as the most appropriate way to achieve a positive outcome.’
    • ‘They avoid adherence to any one approach.’
    • ‘He himself regarded it as a watershed in his thinking, signaling his move toward a more sincere adherence to religious principles.’
    • ‘A lack of adherence by the participants with the intervention program might have influenced the outcomes of our study.’
    • ‘Many instances of performance-based design are approved for their adherence to safety principles.’
  • 2The quality or process of sticking fast to an object or surface.

    ‘observing the adherence of the seeds to clothing prompted the development of Velcro’
    • ‘A healthy colon with adequate mucus production and appropriate bacterial colonization prevents the adherence of pathogenic bacteria.’
    • ‘Cytokine release requires the adherence to bone, so estrogen deficiency is unlikely to stimulate cytokine secretion from circulating cells.’
    • ‘These "primary colonizers" produce proteins that allow for attachment and adherence to the tooth surface.’
    • ‘Increased mucous production prevents adherence and colonization by competing microflora.’
    • ‘The drug's effect of preventing cellular adherence might be an important mechanism for curing the patients with cerebral thrombosis.’
    • ‘It causes diarrhea by adherence to the small intestine.’
    • ‘Adherence of normal, beneficial flora reduces over-stimulation of the immune system.’
    • ‘The aim was to reduce the surface tension of the oil and its adherence to the rock face.’
    • ‘In one type of biofilm, bacterial cells are embedded more randomly in a slime layer which often mediates adherence of cells to surfaces.’
    • ‘Cranberry may be beneficial in these cases as it prevents bacterial adherence to bladder epithelia.’