The binding of aggregates formed from various 7-day chick embryo tissues to cultured cell layers was analyzed 24 hr following trypsin dissociation of the tissues. The proprotion of aggregates binding is independent of the number of aggregates added, and changes with time over 60 min in a manner consistent with a first-order process. The adhesive parameter measured, the percentage of aggregates binding to cell layers per unit time, varies slightly with aggregate size but is not dependent upon the probability of collision of the aggregate with the layer. The rate of binding and the effect of modifiers of binding (temperature, inhibitors of oxidative metabolism and glutaraldehyde) are substantially different for neural retina interactions than for liver or heart interactions, suggesting that retina cells may form intercellular bonds via a mechanism distinct from that of liver or heart cells. The rate of binding between like tissue types is, with one exception, greater than between unlike types. Glutaraldehyde treatment of only one of the reactants abolishes this adhesive specificity. Aggregate binding provides a means of quantitatively assessing intercellular adhesion which has the advantage of reducing the effects of trypsinization on measurements of adhesion, and therefore lends itself to the investigation of cellular consequences of adhesion.