Definitions of potency

  1. inherent ability
  2. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; " the toxin's potency"; " the strength of the drinks"
  3. the inherent capacity for coming into being
  4. the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
  5. The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence.
  6. 1. Power, force, strength. 2. In homeopathy, ( a) the therapeutic efficacy of a drug as increased by succussion or trituration with alcohol or sugar of milk, respectively; ( b) the degree of dilution or attenuation of a drug by which its therapeutic efficacy is increased. There are two degrees or systems of potency, the decimal and the centesimal. In the decimal system one part of the crude drug is triturated with nine parts of sugar of milk to make the first decimal potency. To make the second decimal potency one part of the first potency is triturated with nine parts of sugar of milk; and so on. In the case of drugs of which tinctures can be made, one drop of the mother tincture is added to nine drops of alcohol ( in larger amounts, but in the same proportion) and the mixture is strongly shaken ( succussed) to make the first decimal dilution or potency; one drop of this succussed with nine drops of alcohol makes the second decimal dilution, and so on. The centesimal potencies are made in the same way, except that one grain or one drop is triturated or shaken with 99 grains or drops of the diluent to make the first centesimal potency; and one part of this again is mixed with 99 parts of the diluent to make the second centesimal potency. The centesimal potencies are indicated by numbers from 1 to 30 ( usually, though not always, the highest potency used); the decimal potencies are indicated by the signs 1x, 2X, 30X, etc.
  7. Power.
  8. Authority.
  9. Power to influence.
  10. Physical or mental power.
  11. Physical or moral power; efficacy; influence.

Usage examples for potency

  1. I am almost saying that there is no known medicine of such potency. – The Untroubled Mind by Herbert J. Hall
  2. But so many other factors of most diverse kinds played a part in building up the complex theory of the eye's fertilizing potency that all the stages in the process of rationalization cannot yet be arranged in orderly sequence. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  3. Old man as I am- I shall soon be thirty- the fascination of a machine has lost none of its potency. – The Enchanted Typewriter by John Kendrick Bangs
  4. There is a growing potency about his beams in spring, a waning splendor about them in fall. – A Year in the Fields by John Burroughs
  5. I can tell you right now that this drug, in this potency, is illegal in the U. S. What was it? – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  6. The wine was strong, or this mountain air added to the potency of its effects upon us. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  7. Improbable as the thing may have seemed, however, there were powers in nature of potency enough to effect it, and the newly discovered art of the photographer is simply the art of employing these. – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  8. And yet Miltoun's supporters knew that this simple statement of where he spent his evenings had a poisonous potency, through its power of stimulating that side of the human imagination the most easily excited. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy
  9. Study her eyes if you wish to gauge the potency of one strong dose of ridicule on an ingenuous young heart. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. And yet I have seen poets who relied on the potency of their breath, and lawyers who knew more of the habits of a bobtail flush than they ever did of the statutes in such case made and provided. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  11. The necks of those who rate themselves our peers Are cured of stiffness by its potency. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  12. Shortly after my healing through the potency of the guru's picture, I had an influential spiritual vision. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  13. The injunction was at once issued, and was of such potency that should any editor dare to publish any paper therein prohibited, that editor and that editor's newspaper would assuredly be crumpled up in a manner very disagreeable, if not altogether destructive. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  14. Nay, men will not have it otherwise; and when an individual urges that his reason has placed him above the beast, and that, without the impelling madness, he can mate with greater wisdom and potency, then the poets and singers rise up and fling potsherds at him. – The Kempton-Wace Letters by Jack London Anna Strunsky
  15. In the old plantation days they flourished vigorously, though discouraged by the " great house," and their potency was well established among the blacks and the poorer whites. – The Conjure Woman by Charles W. Chesnutt
  16. You do not compel her, but, directly and indirectly, with an almost irresistible potency, for years and years you have enjoined it upon her, till your moral pressure has become as powerful as any display of physical strength could be. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  17. I cannot but extol the virile potency of the old bucko that could still knock another child out of her. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  18. Its wondrous potency shall guard his bed, And drive disease and death far from his head. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence