Adjective "adherent" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas.
  1. 'He was, in his younger days, an adherent of socialist views.'
  2. 'The perception appears to be that I am such a slavish adherent of the letter of the law that I do not grasp the spirit of it.'
  3. 'In either its narrow or comprehensive version, utilitarianism has both devoted adherents and fierce opponents.'
  4. 'John Duncan was born in Athy in or about 1785 and unlike his brother Thomas he became an ardent adherent of Methodism.'
  5. 'As an adherent of the ‘ignore it and it will go away’ school of medicine it was only at my wife's insistence that I made an appointment with my GP.'
  6. 'The great irony of communism is that its most devoted adherents were not those at the top who brought it into being.'
  7. 'He was not an adherent of an established religious tradition, but followed his own personal faith.'
  8. 'This distinct liturgical tradition, precisely because it is distinct, is attracting new adherents.'
  9. 'He is an adherent of the somewhat controversial school of evolutionary psychology.'
  10. 'The Soviet Union's ideology had many adherents and apologists throughout the West.'


Sticking fast to an object or surface.
  1. 'any adherent sand grains are easily removed'
  2. 'The mass was removed in multiple pieces, and some of the myocardial muscle was also removed with densely adherent tumor.'
  3. 'Other options for removing adherent scale involve applying any of a variety of oils (peanut, olive or mineral) to soften the scale overnight, followed by use of a detergent or coal tar shampoo.'
  4. 'Patients who have adherent clot on their ulcer at endoscopy are at increased risk of rebleeding, as was the case in six of seven patients in this series.'
  5. 'Signs of high-risk bleeding include active arterial bleeding, nonbleeding visible vessels, nonbleeding adherent clots, and ulcer oozing.'
  6. 'A growing body of evidence indicates that the primary control of adherent cell shape and deformability is exerted at the level of the cytoskeletal filaments.'
  7. 'It is remarkable that this coupling between energy storage and dissipation has been observed not only in different adherent cells but also in many soft biological tissues.'
  8. 'Latex beads pipetted onto the surface of adherent aggregates attach to the membrane and are internalized.'
  9. 'The appendix was enlarged and formed an irregular, nodular mass with adherent omentum, measuring 6 x 4 x 4 cm.'
  10. 'This produces a shinier and more adherent silver plating.'
  11. 'An understanding of the parameters controlling the number of rolling cells is important because it directly influences the number of adherent cells.'

More definitions

1. a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower. adjective

2. sticking; clinging; adhering: an adherent substance.

3. bound by contract or other formal agreement: the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.

4. Biology. adnate.

5. Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.

More examples(as adjective)

"coloniseds can be adherent to surfaces."

"cells can be adherent."

"strains can be adherent."

"properties can be adherent."

"bacillis can be adherent."

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Late Middle English: from Old French adherent, from Latin adhaerent- ‘sticking to’, from the verb adhaerere (see adhere).