The state in which two surfaces are held together by interfacial forces, which may consist of valence forces or interlocking action or both (ASTM definition). For example, chemical forces adhere a coating to a substrate, while mechanical forces hold particles from a pencil mark to paper. A related term, cohesion, applies to similar forces acting on the inside of a material resulting in the material holding itself together.
Synonyms and Related Terms
adheze (Ces.); adhæsion (Dan.); Adhäsion (Deut.); adhesión (Esp.); adhesie (Ned.); adhezja (Pol.);
Resources and Citations
- ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesion (Accessed Feb. 2, 2006)
- Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988