potency

noun
po·​ten·​cy | \ ˈpō-tᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce potency (audio) \
plural potencies

Definition of potency

1a : force, power
b : the quality or state of being potent
c : the ability or capacity to achieve or bring about a particular result

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Examples of potency in a Sentence

The drug can improve sexual potency. vitamins of high potency that should be taken only in the proper dosage

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Cannabis legalization allows for the regulation of cannabis potency and labeling of products with dosage information. WSJ, "Arriving at the Least Bad Marijuana Policy," 11 Jan. 2019 Scoring 44 times for Nice since joining from Lyon in 2014, Plea is an exciting talent who can add extra potency to Spurs already vibrant attacking side. SI.com, "Tottenham Hotspur Reportedly Submit Bid for Highly Rated OGC Nice Attacker Alassane Plea," 27 June 2018 One factor appears to be the short-lived appearance of carfentanil, an opioid with up to 100 times the potency of fentanyl. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots," 31 Dec. 2018 And the potency of this effect has not been studied until now. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Genetic information as self-fulfilling prophecy," 17 Dec. 2018 Medicines kept in areas with high humidity or fluctuating temperatures — like a bathroom cabinet — or left in direct light degrade faster and can lose potency. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Pill expiration dates can have wiggle room if stored right," 4 May 2018 Medicines kept in areas with high humidity or fluctuating temperatures — like a bathroom cabinet — or left in direct light degrade faster and can lose potency. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Pill expiration dates can have wiggle room if stored right," 4 May 2018 Medicines kept in areas with high humidity or fluctuating temperatures — like a bathroom cabinet — or left in direct light degrade faster and can lose potency. Washington Post, "Pill expiration dates can have wiggle room if stored right," 2 May 2018 For example, a marijuana bud that’s tested to show a different potency than what’s on the label can be relabeled and sold with the right specification. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Many California marijuana products failing safety tests," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of potency

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

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potency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potency

: the power to influence someone
: the strength or effectiveness of something
: the ability of a man to have sex

potency

noun
po·​ten·​cy | \ ˈpōt-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce potency (audio) \
plural potencies

Medical Definition of potency

: 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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