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This article provides an overview of curing techniques, adhesive chemistries, surface preparation, adhesive selection, and medical applications for adhesives. The curing techniques are classified into moisture, irradiation, heat, and anaerobic. The article highlights the common types of curable adhesives used for medical device assembly, including acrylics, cyanoacrylates, epoxies, urethanes, and silicones. Other forms of adhesives, such as hot melts, bioadhesives, and pressure-sensitive adhesives, are also discussed. Adhesives are used for medical device assembly, hard-tissue attachment in the fields of orthopedics and dentistry, and soft-tissue attachment such as wound closure. The typical characteristics and applications of biocompatible medical device adhesives are listed in a table. The article concludes with a section on selection of materials for medical adhesives.

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Tao Xu, Jennifer Hoffman, Suresh Donthu, Medical Adhesives, Materials for Medical Devices, Vol 23, ASM Handbook, Edited By Roger J. Narayan, ASM International, 2012, p 290–295, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v23.a0005672

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