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Definition of the noun adherence

What does adherence mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adherences

  1. faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
    • example: adherence to a fat-free diet
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of adherence: adhesion / attachment
    • more generic word: support = aiding the cause or policy or interests of
    • more specific words:
      • ecclesiasticism = excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
      • kabbalism / cabalism = adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
      • royalism = adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
      • traditionalism = adherence to tradition
  2. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

Alternative definition of the noun adherence


  1. A close physical union of two objects.
  2. Faithful support for some cause.
  3. [medicine] An extent to which a patient continues an agreed treatment plan.

Specialised definition of the noun adherence

Glossary of healthcare

the extent to which a patient keeps to a schedule for taking medicines

Glossary of sports

the act of sticking to a routine or programme (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for adherence

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Google previewHealth Psychology: Biological, Psychological, and Sociocultural Perspectives (2009)

by Margaret K Snooks, Margaret Snooks, Dr, University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston Texas Dr Margaret Snooks

Adherence refers to the practice offollowing recommendations made by medical professionals or the advice ofother health experts. Adherence is...

Google previewHuman Centered Design (2009)

First International Conference, HCD 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, July 19-24, 2009 Proceedings by Masaaki Kurosu

Medication adherence is an important concern for many people. This is especially...

Google previewThe Bear Slayer (2007)

Women's Self Defense by Gerald W. Goble

Adherence: Adherence is the practice of the hands, arms and body of the defender by adhering to the attacker without actually grabbing or capturing the attacker. This technique often uses open hand blocks to redirect the opponent's attack.

Google previewSport Psychology: The Basics (2016)

Optimising Human Performance by Rhonda Cohen

Adherence is a vital contributor to the outcome of the rehabilitative process and without it the effectiveness of the programme and its progress...

Google previewSpecial Needs & Cerebral Palsy (2016)

Prepare for the MRCPCH. Key Articles from the Paediatrics & Child Health journal by Will Carroll

Max Davie Abstract Adherence is a common, important and under-recognised problem in paediatric practice,

Adherence is the degree to which a patient (and in paediatrics often the patient's family) adhere to an agreed management plan.

Google previewTherapy-Resistant Schizophrenia (2010)

by H. Elkis, H.Y. Meltzer

Adherence is the final and perhaps pivotal component in the assessment of RTT. As indicated in figure 1, once the majority of RTT confounders have been examined, we are often left with an essential question – is the poor outcome the result ...

Google previewPain (2013)

A Textbook for Therapists by Hubert van Griensven, Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh

change with an increase in physical activity 4* 1B D A Group exercise and home exercise are equally effective and patient preference should be considered 1A** 4 A D Adherence is the principal predictor of long-term outcome from exercise ...

Google preview44th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum (2009)

Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 4 by William J. Smothers

Aged adherence is the measure of powder retention after a 20-min interval. This property can be measured by various methods.

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

Patient adherence is defined as the extent to which patients follow prescribed treatment regimens (Haynes et al., 2008). Adherence supports health promotion ( e.g., exercise and diet), treatment of disease, symptom management, and efficient ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

Models for understanding adherence behavior have been developed primarily for adults and include social cognitive...

Socialecological theory proposes that complex problem behaviors, such as poor adherence, are multiply determined and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research (2017)

by Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Adherence is defined as the degree to which behavior corresponds to a recommended therapeutic regimen. Numerous terms...

Adherence to health care regimens has been discussed in the literature since the days of Plato. However, little ...

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Small photo of Draining asphalt road background with an improved adherence surface - concept image in puzzle shapeSmall photo of New draining asphalt road background with an improved adherence surfaceSmall photo of hand of man join together on black in white tone, adherence conceptSmall photo of Multicolored Zippers or Zip Fasteners used for binding fabric or textile. Colorful Clasp Lockers Background or Pattern concept of Clothing Industry, Secret Keeper, Truth Revealing, Adhesion, AdherenceSmall photo of travelling, sports, technology concept. close up of wheel with clean and straight shining spokes and rough surface of black tire for good adherence with the roadsSmall photo of Tablets and capsules are packed in bottles, Adherence to treatment of side effects, the danger of using drugs to buy drugs themselves. Without consulting with the pharmacist. More...

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Quotes about adherence

The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community. (Sandra Day O'Connor)
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Scrabble value of A1D2H4E1R1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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