Definition of potency in English:

potency

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊtnsi
 
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noun (plural potencies)

[mass noun]
  • 1The power of something to affect the mind or body: a myth of enormous potency the unexpected potency of the rum punch
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    • This is often apparent in religious contexts, when the normally unclean is transformed into a positive source of potency and power.
    • Heat, cold, and moisture can also affect a medication's potency.
    • The principality of white supremacy was wrestled into yielding a different kind of potency; a power of oppression was partially tamed and forced to become a power of creativity.
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  • 1.1 [count noun] (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
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    • A qualified homeopath can provide more individualised remedies in stronger potencies if required.
    • The remedies based on the least amount of dilution - known as lower potencies have less powerful and shorter lasting effects.
    • It was used to investigate the different effects of ultramolecular potencies compared with placebo rather than pragmatic homoeopathy.
  • 1.2 Genetics The extent of the contribution of an allele towards the production of a phenotypic characteristic.
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    • 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.
    • Comparison of camptothecin derivatives presently in clinical trials: genotoxic potency and mitotic recombination
  • 1.3 Biology A capacity in embryonic tissue for developing into a particular specialized tissue or organ.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • These peptides also inhibited proliferation, angiogenesis, and ERK activation induced by basic fibroblast growth factor with similar potency and efficacy.
  • 2A male’s ability to achieve an erection or to reach orgasm: the myth of declining sexual potency with increasing age
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    • 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 customers' interactions with the dancers provided not just proof of heterosexual identity, but also a fantasy of sexual potency.
    • Seal penises were thought to increase sexual potency, and were especially popular in Asia.

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