her-, hes-

(Latin: stick to, cling to, cleave to)

adherable (adjective), more adherable, most adherable
Referring to something which has the ability to stick or stay attached to something else as if by suction or with glue: The mud from the garden certainly had an adherable quality because it clung tightly to Jim's boots.
adhere (verb), adheres; adhered; adhering
1. To stick fast, to cleave to, to become or remain firmly attached to a substance, as by a glutinous surface, or by grasping, etc.: All of the postage stamps adhered to the envelope.
2. To cleave or stay attached to an opinion, practice, or method; to continue to maintain or to observe: The politician said that he would adhere to the proposal that he presented until there is evidence that proves he is wrong.

A plan for cutting taxes will always have many who adhere to the idea, despite what the results might be.

To keep an opinion regardless of a change in circumstances.
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adherence (ad HIR uhns) (s) (noun), adherences (pl)
1. A steady attachment, as of a person to a rule; fidelity, fealty, allegiance, devotion; obedience, loyalty: The football coach demanded adherence to the rules of the game.
2. Adhesion, adhesiveness, stickiness: Put more glue on the wallpaper to increase its adherence.
adherency (s) (noun), adherencies (pl)
1. The action of sticking or holding fast (to anything or together).
2. Attachment (to a person or party); adhesion.
3. Persistence in a practice or tenet with steady observance or maintenance.
adherent (ad HIR uhnt) (s) (noun), adherents (ad HIR uhnts) (pl)
1. A supporter or follower of a cause or of a leader, such as someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another person or group including a believer in a particular faith or church: It was obvious that the minister had a great number of adherents as shown by the multitude of people in the church where he was preaching.

As a politician, the senator was a leader with many loyal adherents.

2. A substance that can stick firmly to a surface or an object, such as glue or wax: Jim was using a strong adherent on the broken parts of the wooden chair.
A person who supports someone or who is a follower of an individual or group.
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adherer (s) (noun), adherers (pl)
adherescent (adjective), more adherescent, most adherescent
A reference to something that tends to stay with or to stick to another object: The new postage stamps are more adherescent now than those that needed a person's tongue, or wet finger, to get the glue wet so they would attach to the envelopes.
adhesion (ad HEE zhuhn) (s) (noun), adhesions (pl)
1. The action of staying on something by physical attraction, viscosity of surface, or firm grasping: Virginia's favorite form of adhesion is using Scotch tape to secure envelopes so that they don't lose the contents!
2. The property of sticking together, as of substances or tissues; the attachment of one thing to another: Glue and paste provide the means of adhesion as well as adhesive tape.
3. The grip of a wheel on a track, etc. which is produced by friction, or the friction itself: It was difficult to convince the elderly to write e-mails with the computer considering their adhesion to using a pencil or pen and paper for written communication.
4. The attachment to someone or an organization by remaining with it as a partizan, a supporter, or a follower: Patricia was honored for her adhesion as a worker for homeless people for so many years.
5. A mass of fibrous connective tissue in the body that joins two surfaces that are normally separate: Adhesions are usually scar tissues that have formed after an inflammation of some part of the anatomy, or the natural healing process that takes place after surgery.

Some abdominal adhesions bind loops of obstructions together and so they usually require the surgical cutting of the fibrous tissue in order to free them of the blockages.

Synthetic nanoadhesive mimics sticking powers of gecko and mussel

Geckos are remarkable for their ability to scurry up vertical surfaces and even move along upside down.

Their feet adhere temporarily, coming off of surfaces again and again like a sticky note; but put those feet underwater, and their ability to stick is dramatically reduced.

Water is an enemy of adhesives, which typically do not work well in wet environments; think of how long a bandage on your finger lasts. Now two Northwestern University biomedical engineers have successfully married the gecko’s adhesive ability with that of an animal well known for its sticking power underwater: the mussel.

Combining the important elements of gecko and mussel adhesion, the new adhesive material, called “geckel”, functions like a sticky note and exhibits strong yet reversible adhesion in both air and water.

“I envision that adhesive tapes made out of geckel could be used to replace sutures for wound closures and may also be useful as a water-resistant adhesive for bandages and drug-delivery patches.

Such a bandage would remain firmly attached to the skin during bathing but would permit easy removal upon healing,” said Phillip B. Messersmith, professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

A gecko’s strong but temporary adhesion comes from a mechanical principle known as contact splitting.

Each gecko foot has a flat pad that is densely packed with very fine hairs that are split at the ends, resulting in a greater number of contact points than if the hairs were not split. In fact, the diameter of one of the split hairs is as small as 200 nanometers.

More contact points between hairs and surface result in a significant increase in the strength of adhesion. Flies, bees and other insects also use this strategy.

—Compiled from information located in Physorg.com,
"Science: Physics: Tech: Nano: News", July 18, 2007.

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adhesive (adjective), more adhesive, most adhesive
Having the property of sticking; sticky: The glue on an envelope flap or on postage stamps, etc. are examples of adhesive materials.
adhesively (adverb), more adhesively, most adhesively
adhesiveness (s) (noun), adhesivenesses (pl)
1. The quality of fastening or adhering; tenacity.
2. Having a propensity to form and to maintain attachments to people, and to promote social relationships.
cohere (verb), coheres; cohered; cohering
1. To cleave or to remain together; especially said of the constituent parts of a material substance: The glue seemed to stick, or to cohere, so well that the envelope would not open again. 
2. To hold together in a mass that resists separation: The ballet was so beautiful because all of the dancers were in exact timing and motion with each other and so they seemed to cohere into one united group.
3. When referring to people: to remain together; to unite or to stay united in some action: For the project, the students in the group cohered their ideas in order to produce a well organized and informative report about the migrating birds.
4. Etymology: borrowed from Latin cohaerere, "to cling together, to cleave together"; from co-, "together" + haerere, "to cling to, to cleave to (to hold together and to resist separation)".
coherence (s) (noun), coherences (pl)
1. The action or fact of cleaving or adhering together.
2. A logical connection or relation; congruity, consistency: The speaker used his ability to diplomatically utilize coherence as he presented the objectives of the project to the committee.
3. Etymology: from Latin cohaerent-; from the verb cohaerere, "to stick together"; from co-, "together" + haerere "to stay".
coherency (s) (noun), coherencies (pl)
1. The quality of relating to reasonable statements and ideas: The patient's coherencies indicated that she was easy to understand and didn't appear to be seriously injured during the automobile accident.
2. A logical, orderly, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts that form a whole: The coherency of the business styles of the company encouraged more people to invest in it.
coherent (adjective), more coherent, most coherent
1. That which persistently remains firmly together; especially, united by the force of being joined.
2. In botany, sticking to but not fused with a part or an organ of the same kind.
3. A reference to thought, speech, reasoning, etc. in which all of the parts are consistent, and hang well together.
4. Logically or aesthetically consistent and holding together as a whole.