potency

noun

po·​ten·​cy ˈpō-tᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce potency (audio)
plural potencies
1
a
b
: the quality or state of being potent
c
: the ability or capacity to achieve or bring about a particular result
2

Examples of potency in a Sentence

The potency of her words changed many minds in the audience that night. Any vitamin of high potency should only be taken in the proper dosage.
Recent Examples on the Web Like other Nordic Naturals products, this one has been third-party tested for purity and potency. Isabel Vasquez, Rd, Ldn, Parents, 4 Apr. 2024 Value – The product is cost-effective considering product quality and potency. Dr. Diana Rangaves, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Things To Consider While they aren’t certified by one of our preferred third-party organizations, Pure Encapsulation’s ingredients are tested for identity, potency, contaminants, metals, and allergens. Lainey Younkin, Ms, Rd, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2024 On this mind-altering trip, the women may have liaised with deities and divined their society’s future—unaware that the powder’s potency came from its main elemental component: the toxic metal mercury. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2024 Obamacare’s popularity has grown as more and more Americans interact with a health care system fundamentally rebooted in bite-sized pieces, and the potency of the hatred toward the Obamas has faded. Philip Elliott, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 Keep in mind that crushing tablets or opening capsules can affect the efficacy and potency of the drug. Health Editorial Team, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 While on a panel discussing inaccurate THC potency levels on marijuana packaging at the New England Cannabis Convention in Boston on Saturday, CCC commissioner Ava Callender Concepcion said the agency was aware of the problem. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 However, to be on the streets and sidewalks of the city Sunday, particularly in the afternoon, meant recognizing the potency of late-March sunshine. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Potency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potency. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

potency

noun
po·​ten·​cy ˈpōt-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce potency (audio)
plural potencies
: the quality or state of being potent
vitamins of high potency
especially : power to bring about a certain result

Medical Definition

potency

noun
po·​ten·​cy ˈpōt-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce potency (audio)
plural potencies
: the quality or state of being potent: as
a
: chemical or medicinal strength or efficacy
a drug's potency
b
: the ability to copulate
usually used of the male
c
: initial inherent capacity for development of a particular kind
cells with a potency for eye formation

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