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[puh-ten-shee-eyt] /pəˈtɛn ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), potentiated, potentiating.
to cause to be potent; make powerful.
to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.
Origin of potentiate
1810-20; < Latin potenti(a) power (see potency) + -ate1
Related forms
potentiation, noun
potentiator, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for potentiator


verb (transitive)
to cause to be potent
(med) to increase (the individual action or effectiveness) of two drugs by administering them in combination with each other
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Word Origin and History for potentiator



1817 (Coleridge) "endow with power," from Latin potentia "power, might, force" (see potential) + -ate (2) on model of German potenzieren. Related: Potentiated; potentiating; potentiation.

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potentiator in Medicine

potentiate po·ten·ti·ate (pə-těn'shē-āt')
v. po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing, po·ten·ti·ates

  1. To make potent or powerful.

  2. To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.

  3. To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.

po·ten'ti·a'tion n.
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