potion

[ poh-shuhn ]
/ ˈpoʊ ʃən /

noun

a drink or draft, especially one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers: a love potion; a sleeping potion.

Origin of potion

1300–50; Middle English pocion < Latin pōtiōn- (stem of pōtiō) a drinking, equivalent to pōt(us), variant of pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre to drink + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English pocioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

Can be confused

portion potion
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British Dictionary definitions for potion

potion

/ (ˈpəʊʃən) /

noun

a drink, esp of medicine, poison, or some supposedly magic beverage
a rare word for beverage

Word Origin for potion

C13: via Old French from Latin pōtiō a drink, especially a poisonous one, from pōtāre to drink
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Medicine definitions for potion

potion

[ pōshən ]

n.

A liquid medicinal dose or drink.
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