AskDefine | Define potency

Dictionary Definition



1 capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks" [syn: effectiveness, strength]
2 the inherent capacity for coming into being [syn: potential, potentiality]
3 the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Strength
  2. Power
  3. The ability or capacity to perform something.


  • Finnish: voima
  • Finnish: valta
ability or capacity to perform
  • Finnish: kyky, potenssi

Extensive Definition

Potency may refer to:
  • Virility
  • Potency (pharmacology), a measure of the activity of a drug in a biological system
  • In biology, potency is a measure of the differentiation potential of stem cells
  • In seismology, the quotient of seismic moment and rigidity
  • In homeopathy, potency is a measure of how dilute a substance is. In potencies over 12C (24X) no molecules of the original substance remain.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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