Definition of potency in English:



  • 1The power of something to influence or make an impression.

    ‘a myth of enormous potency’
    power, powerfulness, vigour, strength, might, mightiness, force, forcefulness
    forcefulness, force, effectiveness
    strength, powerfulness, power
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    1. 1.1 The strength of an intoxicant or druɡ, as measured by the amount needed to produce a certain response.
      ‘the unexpected potency of the rum punch’
      ‘the potency of these drugs paralleled their effectiveness’
      strength, powerfulness, power
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    2. 1.2 (in homeopathy) the number of times a remedy has been diluted and succussed, taken as a measure of the strength of the effect it will produce.
      ‘she was given a low potency twice daily’
      • ‘It was used to investigate the different effects of ultramolecular potencies compared with placebo rather than pragmatic homoeopathy.’
      • ‘He also added multiple potencies of the same remedies, and let the patient's system choose not only which remedy it wanted, but which potency of the remedy it wanted.’
      • ‘She warns, however, that potencies vary widely among manufacturers, so be sure to purchase your product from a reputable company.’
      • ‘And they come in a variety of different types, potencies and smells.’
      • ‘The remedies based on the least amount of dilution - known as lower potencies have less powerful and shorter lasting effects.’
      • ‘A qualified homeopath can provide more individualised remedies in stronger potencies if required.’
    3. 1.3Genetics The extent of the contribution of an allele toward the production of a phenotypic characteristic.
      • ‘Comparison of camptothecin derivatives presently in clinical trials: genotoxic potency and mitotic recombination’
      • ‘Due to its extreme mutagenic potency, this compound constitutes an interesting model to study the mutagenic action of nitrofurans.’
      • ‘The data for these two PAH compounds demonstrate a large variation in adduct-forming potency, which should be taken into account when estimating DNA adducts formed by mixtures of unknown PAHs.’
      • ‘These congenic mice confirm the location, potency, and independent action of the C3H chromosome 1 modifier.’
      • ‘A second testicular metric that may correlate with reproductive potency and phenotypic condition is directional asymmetry.’
    4. 1.4Biology A capacity in embryonic tissue for developing into a particular specialized tissue or organ.
      • ‘These peptides also inhibited proliferation, angiogenesis, and ERK activation induced by basic fibroblast growth factor with similar potency and efficacy.’
      • ‘The cell produced by ANT-OAR would have all of the positive properties of a pluripotent stem cell - as well as all of the restrictions in developmental potency such cells normally exhibit.’
      • ‘Human embryonic stem cells, which can harness the potency of fertilized eggs to form any variety of human tissue, have emerged as a pivotal - and controversial - field of study.’
      • ‘Second, an IC 50 cut-off greater than 100m M is said to be related to the need for there to be a relationship between in vitro and in vivo potency.’
  • 2A male's ability to achieve an erection or to reach orgasm.

    ‘medications that diminish sexual potency’
    • ‘The customers' interactions with the dancers provided not just proof of heterosexual identity, but also a fantasy of sexual potency.’
    • ‘The science behind that is a little sketchy, but it could be because they contain zinc, a mineral linked to progesterone and male potency.’
    • ‘And eating less meat might also preserve your sexual potency.’
    • ‘Symbols of erection, penetration, and prodigious sexual potency and regeneration are everywhere.’
    • ‘Any compound that promises sexual potency has the potential to be extremely profitable.’
    • ‘King recommends meditative driving as producing an increase in energy levels, greater creativity and higher sexual potency.’
    • ‘Most are destined for China to satisfy demand for traditional medicines believed to enhance health and sexual potency.’
    • ‘The severity of impotence was dependent on both age and sexual potency before diagnosis.’
    • ‘Repeated studies have shown that men reach their peak potency at 18, while women do not gain the ability to achieve full sexual satisfaction until their mid-thirties.’
    • ‘Though the various parts of rare animals have been used around the world in folk medicine traditions to boost male potency, the Chinese seem to be the worst offenders in this regard.’
    • ‘When should a man be concerned about his ejaculate volume and potency?’
    • ‘Distraught readers can rest assured that we will provide proof that beer increases male potency and eliminates world hunger just as soon we have consoled ourselves with a few pints.’
    • ‘The gendering of rejuvenation identifies increased sexual potency primarily with men.’
    • ‘This is raised in the context of worry about male potency and adequacy as defined by penis size.’
    • ‘So, the secret to male potency is probably to be summed up as his ego.’
    • ‘Another interpretation of this stance relates to sexual potency and virility.’
    • ‘I'm wondering now if the infection may have had less benign effects on my health - such as fatigue, for example, or perhaps sexual potency.’
    • ‘Seal penises were thought to increase sexual potency, and were especially popular in Asia.’
    • ‘If you notice that an advertiser is associating a new car with sexual potency, you can decide to take it or leave it on more rational grounds.’
    • ‘The new invention of the space industry became a very effective device to retrieve potency for male patients.’