One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Increase the power, effect, or likelihood of (something, especially a drug or physiological reaction)‘the glucose will potentiate intestinal absorption of sodium’
- ‘Ginseng can interact with antihypertensives, and Siberian ‘ginseng’ can potentiate the effects of digoxin.’
- ‘It appears that both the antiplatelet aggregation activity as well as the analgesic action of aspirin 22 potentiates the effect of pentoxifylline.’
- ‘Glycyrrhizin may potentiate the effects of corticosteroids, antihypertensive agents, diuretics, and hormones.’
- ‘One drug does not therefore potentiate the adverse effects of another.’
- ‘Alternatively, devising agents to slow the breakdown of natural cannabinoids might potentiate their analgesic effects.’
- ‘Because it appears to potentiate gamma-aminobutyric acid inhibitory neurotransmitters, it may potentiate anesthesia's sedative effects.’
Early 19th century: from potent, on the pattern of substantiate.
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