Definition of potentiate in English:


Syllabification: po·ten·ti·ate
Pronunciation: /pəˈtenCHēˌāt


[with object] technical
  • Increase the power, effect, or likelihood of (something, especially a drug or physiological reaction): the glucose will potentiate intestinal absorption of sodium
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    • One drug does not therefore potentiate the adverse effects of another.
    • It appears that both the antiplatelet aggregation activity as well as the analgesic action of aspirin 22 potentiates the effect of pentoxifylline.
    • Because it appears to potentiate gamma-aminobutyric acid inhibitory neurotransmitters, it may potentiate anesthesia's sedative effects.


early 19th century: from potent1, on the pattern of substantiate.

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