im·​po·​ten·​cy ˈim-pə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce impotency (audio)

Examples of impotency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rheon plays Meurig Jenkins who, along with Colin White (Rhodri), Tommy Cadogan (Rhys), Peetham ‘Pete’ Shah (Sharma) and Eddie O’Connor (Jones), is suffering from impotency. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 1 Mar. 2023 The plot follows Meurig Jenkins (Rheon), Colin White (Rhodri), Tommy Cadogan (Rhys), Peetham ‘Pete’ Shah (Sharma) and Eddie O’Connor (Jones), who all have one thing in common: impotency. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2023 Additionally, public health expert Dr. Leana Wen recently told PEOPLE that impotency is not a known side effect of any of the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Dan Heching,, 20 Sep. 2021 When asked about the impotency remark, Whitty sought to stress that most people are ignoring baseless claims and are getting the vaccines — 81.2% of people 16 and older in Britain are fully vaccinated., 16 Sep. 2021 According to the study, otherwise healthy men developed impotency after COVID-19 infection made its way into their penile tissue. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Knowing how much of pitchers’ effectiveness to attribute to gummier grips will take time to study, but an extended period of offensive impotency had the league and its hitters looking for solutions. New York Times, 25 June 2021 Fears of impotency, seen most recently among Muslim communities in the states of Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Assam also been a major driver of hesitancy. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz India, 13 Dec. 2020 Based in New York, Ms. Perel listens to personal stories — about intimate topics including impotency, trauma, caregiving and more — and offers suggestions. Hilary Sheinbaum, New York Times, 5 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impotency was in the 15th century

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“Impotency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


im·​po·​ten·​cy -ən-sē How to pronounce impotency (audio)
plural impotencies

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