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What does potency mean?
Potency means strength and effectiveness.
It is most commonly used in the context of medications and drugs in reference to how strong or effective they are or are capable of being.
It can also be used in a more general way to refer to the power or effectiveness of someone or something, such as a leader or a statement.
Potency is the noun form of the adjective potent, which generally means powerful but is commonly applied to things that produce a powerful physical or chemical effect.
Example: The medication will lose its potency if kept in the sunlight.
Where does potency come from?
The first records of the word potency come from around the 1500s. It ultimately derives from the Latin potentia, meaning “power.”
Potency is perhaps most commonly used in a medical context, in which it refers to the strength of the effect that something can have on the body. A substance with high potency will have a big effect on the body, and something with low potency will have a smaller one. For example, some strains of cannabis have a higher potency than others. When a drug is said to lose or gain potency under certain circumstances, this means it becomes weaker or stronger depending on those conditions. While the word is usually used in reference to a drug, it can also be used in reference to a disease. The potency of a disease can change when it mutates, for example.
More generally, potency refers to how powerful someone or something is—its strength or effectiveness. It can be used in reference to a person, as in Her potency as a leader is unquestioned, or an action, as in The potency of any apology is immediately weakened by the word “but.”
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What are some other forms related to potency?
- overpotency (noun)
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How is potency used in real life?
Potency can be used in many different contexts, but it’s most commonly used in relation to how powerful a drug is.
"You don't just take a couple of puffs of cannabis and go psychotic"
Psychiatrist Sir Robin Murray says smoking cannabis is a bit like drinking alcohol – occasional use probably won't harm you, "but if you smoke 5 joints of high-potency cannabis every day" it might. #r4today
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 31, 2019
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 1, 2020
An “I’m sorry” eventually loses its potency when used to atone for the same mistake over and over again.
— IG: rivoningo_crystal (@Rivoningo_C) June 1, 2020
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Is potency used correctly in the following sentence?
The potency of the medicine means that it needs to be used very carefully according to the instructions.
Example sentences from the Web for potency
Studies suggest the potency has tripled in just a few years.
Numerous academic groups are rushing to study the vaccines’ potency in immunocompromised people.A Tiny Number of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why.|by Caroline Chen|April 14, 2021|ProPublica
At the same time, Tuesday’s announcement marks the latest in a series of inconsistent conclusions about the potency of Sinovac’s vaccine, which has now produced four different efficacy results across three continents.Why did the efficacy of China’s top vaccine drop from 78% to 50%?|Grady McGregor|January 13, 2021|Fortune
It’s not just limited to CTV and OTT, either — addressable is increasingly being leveraged to equip linear TV advertisers with greater targeting potency.Deep Dive: Programmatic ends a strong 2020 as CTV, OTT and data privacy loom large in early 2021|Jessica Rapp|January 5, 2021|Digiday
Kahr’s team increased the potency of commercial deltamethrin dust spray simply by melting a vial of it — either by heating it to 150° Celsius in an oil bath for five minutes or by popping it in a 700-watt microwave for the same amount of time.Heating deltamethrin may help it kill pesticide-resistant mosquitoes|Maria Temming|October 19, 2020|Science News
The problem comes at this point because the liquid loses its potency within an hour even in ideal conditions.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We need to believe that Taylor's actions yesterday are pure, or the transparency loses its potency.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple|Dale Eisinger|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lukaku—a bull of a man who at 21 is shaping up to be a player of lasting potency—made an immediate, deadly impact.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium|Tunku Varadarajan|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If one word—soccer (or football)—sums up Uruguay, two words—Luis Suárez—capture the potency of the Uruguayan game.Uruguay’s Luis Suárez Puts Two Stakes Through England’s Heart|Tunku Varadarajan|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are thousands of different probiotic options on the market, all with varying potency and ingredients.
They have a living faith in the potency of the Horse-Guards, and in the maxim that "Safe bind is sure find."Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The wine was strong, or this mountain air added to the potency of its effects upon us.The Light That Lures|Percy Brebner
A more ghastly sight, or an object-lesson of more potency, could scarcely be imagined.Spanish Life in Town and Country|L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
An attempt to imagine a body destitute of thy potency, would be to bankrupt and deaden the material universe.Etidorhpa or the End of Earth.|John Uri Lloyd
The Egyptians obtained from that sacred land incense-bearing trees which had magical potency.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria|Donald A. Mackenzie