Definitions for: Potency


[n] capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks"
[n] the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
[n] the inherent capacity for coming into being



Webster (1913) Definition: Po"ten*cy, n. [L. potentia, from potens, -entis,
potent. See Potent, and cf. Potance, Potence,
Puissance.]
The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral
power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a
purpose; capability; efficacy; influence. ``Drugs of
potency.'' --Hawthorne.

A place of potency and away o' the state. --Shak.

Synonyms: effectiveness, potential, potentiality, strength

See Also: latency, physiological condition, physiological state, possibility, possibleness, power, powerfulness, prospect

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