potency

noun po·ten·cy \ ˈpō-tᵊn(t)-sē \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of potency

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

Examples of potency in a Sentence

  1. The drug can improve sexual potency.

  2. vitamins of high potency that should be taken only in the proper dosage

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First Known Use of potency

15th century


POTENCY Defined for English Language Learners

potency

noun

Definition of potency for English Language Learners

  • : the power to influence someone

  • : the strength or effectiveness of something

  • : the ability of a man to have sex


Medical Dictionary

potency

noun po·ten·cy \ ˈpōt-ᵊn-sē \

medical Definition of potency

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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