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(1) The union of two surfaces or structures which would otherwise be separate. Examples are visceral organs attached to the abdominal wall, the result of acute or chronic inflammation. (2) In microbiology: in nature, microorganisms often bind specifically or non-specifically to a substratum or to other cells; in some cases adhesion is known to be mediated by specialized microbial components or structures. Free-living microorganisms in aquatic habitats often adhere to submerged surfaces on, for example, particles of debris, other organisms, or man-made structures, sometimes forming biofilms.