Definition of potentiation in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /pəˌten(t)SHēˈāSH(ə)n/


The increase in strength of nerve impulses along pathways that have been used previously, either short-term or long-term.
Example sentences
  • This increased strength, termed long-term potentiation, can be, despite its name, relatively short-lived.
  • Researchers believe these synaptic changes, called long-term potentiation or LTP, are the basis for learning in the brain.
  • We hypothesized that in these patients theophylline, a drug that stabilizes breathing, may affect short-term potentiation.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: po·ten·ti·a·tion

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.