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verb (used with object), po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing.Related formspo·ten·ti·a·tion, nounpo·ten·ti·a·tor, noun
- to cause to be potent; make powerful.
- to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.
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British Dictionary definitions for potentiator
- 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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Related formspo•ten′ti•a′tion n.
- To make potent or powerful.
- To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.
- To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.
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