What does adhesive mean?
The definition of adhesive
Ad*he”sive, a.
Etym: [Cf. F. adhésif.]

1 Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
2 Apt or tending to adhere; clinging. Thomson. Adhesive attraction. (Physics) See Attraction.

— Adhesive inflammation (Surg.), that kind of inflammation which terminates in the reunion of divided parts without suppuration.
— Adhesive plaster, a sticking; a plaster containing resin, wax, litharge, and olive oil.