Definition of adherent in English:

adherent

Pronunciation /adˈhirənt/ /ædˈhɪrənt/ /adˈherənt/ /ædˈhɛrənt/

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noun

  • Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas.

    ‘he was a strong adherent of monetarism’
    • ‘He was an adherent of liberation theology, a progressive movement that advocated for the poor.’
    • ‘He was, in his younger days, an adherent of socialist views.’
    • ‘John Duncan was born in Athy in or about 1785 and unlike his brother Thomas he became an ardent adherent of Methodism.’
    • ‘Violet was an adherent of the United Church of Canada.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even before that, I was not an adherent of the Freudian theory, just from my own experience.’
    • ‘He was not an adherent of an established religious tradition, but followed his own personal faith.’
    • ‘He is an adherent of the somewhat controversial school of evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘Any person could be an adherent of the religion concerned, and be entitled to the same privileges and obligations as every other person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most mainstream religions might raise an eyebrow or two at the idea of their adherents doing that.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union's ideology had many adherents and apologists throughout the West.’
    • ‘The great irony of communism is that its most devoted adherents were not those at the top who brought it into being.’
    • ‘In either its narrow or comprehensive version, utilitarianism has both devoted adherents and fierce opponents.’
    • ‘Her unique confrontational style won her the most devoted adherents and the most rabid enemies.’
    • ‘Are some religions trying to soften their hard stances to try to attract more adherents, and is that the right thing to do?’
    • ‘Over the years, as the theory has developed and become more widely known, it has attracted increasing numbers of adherents and sympathizers.’
    • ‘Worker militancy certainly persisted, but it attracted fewer adherents than in other countries.’
    • ‘This distinct liturgical tradition, precisely because it is distinct, is attracting new adherents.’
    follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart
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adjective

  • Sticking fast to an object or surface.

    ‘the eggs have thick sticky shells to which debris is often adherent’
    • ‘Latex beads pipetted onto the surface of adherent aggregates attach to the membrane and are internalized.’
    • ‘As the style grows and the papillae develop, adherent pollen grains are observed with increasing frequency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The applicability of the light scattering technique would be greatly expanded if it could be implemented using adherent cells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The appendix was enlarged and formed an irregular, nodular mass with adherent omentum, measuring 6 x 4 x 4 cm.’
    • ‘Signs of high-risk bleeding include active arterial bleeding, nonbleeding visible vessels, nonbleeding adherent clots, and ulcer oozing.’
    • ‘The results from this study indicate that the retraction response is rarely observed in the current population of passive adherent cells selected for investigation.’
    • ‘As shear stress is increased, the number of firmly adherent cells decreases and the distribution of rolling velocities throughout the population becomes wider.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The experiments were repeated four times for each of at least five donors, and the average percentage of adherent cells under each condition was determined.’
    • ‘An understanding of the parameters controlling the number of rolling cells is important because it directly influences the number of adherent cells.’
    • ‘Normal mechanical ventilation produced no change in leukocyte rolling velocity and the number of adherent cells over 2 hours.’
    • ‘This produces a shinier and more adherent silver plating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the tumor was quite adherent to the left subclavian artery and chest wall and could not be completely removed.’
    • ‘The mass was removed in multiple pieces, and some of the myocardial muscle was also removed with densely adherent tumor.’
    • ‘The limitation of our method is that it can only be used for studying cells in suspension and is therefore not suitable for adherent cell lines.’
    • ‘A 6 cm right adrenal mass that was quite adherent to the inferior vena cava was found.’
    • ‘This procedure allows visualization of adherent bacteria in the living worms.’
    adhesive, sticky, sticking, adhering, clinging, tacky, gluey, gummy, gummed, cohesive, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous
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Origin

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