Adhesive tape

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Rolls of adhesive tape


A narrow film of paper, plastic, or cloth coated on one or both sides with an adhesive. The name 'adhesive tape' commonly refers to white, medical tape used to bandage minor injuries. Other types of self-adhesive tapes are brown gummed paper tape, masking tape, package tape and cellophane tape (e.g., Scotch® tape). Depending on type, the adhesives are activated by water, solvents, heat, or pressure (Pressure sensitive tape). Double Stick tapes have adhesives on both sides of the support.

Synonyms and Related Terms

pressure-sensitive tape; Klebeband (Deut.); cinta adhesiva (Esp.); ruban adhésif (Fr.); Plakband (Ned.); Limbånd (Nor.); nastro adesivo (It.); fita adesiva (Port.); passe-partout; adhesive strip; adhesive paper; adhesive cloth


May stain paper.

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981

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