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potency

 [po´ten-se]
1. power.
2. the ability of the male to perform coitus; see also impotence.
3. the power of a medicinal agent to produce the desired effects.
4. the ability of an embryonic part to develop and complete its destiny. adj., adj po´tent.

po·ten·cy

(pō'tĕnt-sē),
1. Power, force, or strength; the condition or quality of being potent.
2. Specifically, sexual potency.
3. In therapeutics, the relative pharmacologic activity of a dose of a compound compared with the dose of a different agent producing the same effects (for example, aspirin and acetaminophen are of equal potency in alleviating headache [same dose required], but ketorolac exhibits greater potency than ibuprofen, given that 20 mg of the former is as effective as 400 mg of the latter).
[L. potentia, power]

potency

/po·ten·cy/ (po´ten-se)
1. the ability of the male to perform coitus.
2. the relationship between the therapeutic effect of a drug and the dose necessary to achieve that effect.
Dose-effect curve for two drugs of different potency: Drug A is more potent than drug B.
3. the ability of an embryonic part to develop and complete its destiny.po´tent

potency

[pō′tənsē]
Etymology: L, potentia, power
1 (in embryology) the range of developmental possibilities of which an embryonic cell or part is capable, regardless of whether the stimulus for growth or differentiation is natural, artificial, or experimental. See also competence, def 1.
2 a measure of the strength of the active chemical components contained in an herb or herbal preparation. Standardized products ensure the consumer of receiving a dosage containing a consistent potency. Compare concentration.

potency

Medtalk A measure of a substance's relative biologic or chemical activity and biologic or biochemical effects Oncology See Carcinogenic potency Pharmacology A term for the relative strength of a therapeutic agent Toxicology A term for the relative strength of a toxin Transfusion medicineThe degree of 'antigenicity' or the intensity of agglutination that may be elicited by different alloantigens.

po·ten·cy

(pō'tĕn-sē)
1. Power, force, or strength; the condition or quality of being potent.
2. Specifically, sexual potency.
3. pharmacy The relative pharmacologic activity of a compound.
[L. potentia, power, potency]

potency

1. The ability of a man to obtain an erection and so perform sexual intercourse.
2. The strength of a drug based on its effectiveness to cause change.
3. The claimed increase in the power of homeopathic remedies (see HOMEOPATHY) with increasing dilution and shaking.

potency,

1. a measure of the efficacy of a substance or treatment.
2. the dilution levels of homeopathic remedies.
potency complex,
n a homeopathic remedy with more than one potency of the same medicine in dosage form. Also called
potency chord.
potency energy,
n the energetic field of a homeopathic remedy that theoretically resonates with the life force of the recipient.
potency homeocord,
n in homeopathy, a combination of more than one attenuation of the same remedy in a single preparation. Also known as
potency spectrum.
potency, centesimal,
n one part source material combined with 99 parts liquid suspension medium. This relationship is denoted as ‘c’ for the potency or as ’cH’ for Hahnemannian potency; created using Hahnemann's method of trituration. This is then serially diluted by vigorous shaking in ratios of 1 : 99. The relative amounts of the liquid and the source material vary depending on which pharmacopeia is used. Dilutions of 1/10,000 are 2c or 2cH, 1/1,000,000 are 3c or 3cH and so on. See also trituration, centesimal; potency, LM; potency, millesimal; and potency scale.
potency, cH,
n.pr See potency, centesimal or potency, Hahnemannian.
potency, cK,
n Korsakov method used to prepare a centesimal potency. See also potency, cH potency scales; and potency, Korsakov.
potency, D,
n.pr See potency, decimal.
potency, decimal,
n one-part source material or the previous solution diluted with nine parts liquid suspension medium. The resulting solutions are vigorously shaken and serial dilutions repeated. This relationship is denoted as x or D. The relative amounts of the liquid and the source material vary depending on which pharmacopeia is used. Dilutions of 1/100 are 2× or D2; 1/1000 are 3× or D3 and so on. Also called
DH potency and
x potency. See also potency, D; potency, centesimal; potency, Hahnemannian; potency, millesimal; serial dilution; and potency scale.
potency, destruction of,
n the neutralization of healing power of a homeopathic remedy. Contributing conditions during storage or creation of the remedy, such as heating, im-proper dilutents; may cause partial or complete loss of the remedy's effect. Also called
inhibition of potency. See also antidote and drug, stability of.
potency, DH,
n.pr See potency, decimal.
potency, fifty millesimal,
n See potency, LM.
potency, Hahnemannian,
n.pr Hahneman's technique for the creation of homeopathic remedies which involves serial dilution of one part of the preparation from the previous step in the process with a predetermined number of parts of dilutent in a new, clean glass receptacle (1 to 9 or 1 to 49,999 for example), which is then vigorously agitated. Repeated as desired with a new clean glass receptacle each time. See also fluxion; potency, Korsakov; potency, LM; method, multiglass; and method, single glass.
potency, high,
n preparation usually above 30c or 12c or 9c potency depending on the country or re-medy. The difference between high, medium, and low potencies is subject to debate. See also potency, medium; potency, low; and potency scale.
potency, Korsakov,
n.pr process designed by Korsakov to produce a potency using only one glass receptacle. The initial potency is created and the liquid is either sucked out or poured out of the glass leaving only the droplets stuck to the sides of the container, which form the basis for the following serial dilutions. See also method, single glass; potency, cK; and potency, millesimal.
potency, liquid,
n a homeopathic remedy given in liquid form.
potency, LM,
n.pr homeopathic method of preparing remedies, in which one part source material or the previous solution is diluted with 49,999 parts liquid suspension medium. The resulting solutions are vigorously shaken and serial dilutions repeated. Believed to be effective in curing disease without causing therapeutic aggravation. Also called
Q potency and
x potency. See also potency, Hahnemannian; potency, Korsakov; potency, millesimal; and plussing.
potency, low,
n in homeopathy, a preparation usually below 24c or 12c potency.
potency, M,
n.pr See potency, millesimal.
potency, medicating,
n fluid potency poured on sugar cube or other solid or vehicles for the remedy.
potency, medium,
n preparation usually between 12c to 30c potency. In some countries, the range may be lower.
potency, millesimal,
n a 1 to 999 dilution most commonly made using the single-glass Korsakov process, often commencing with an initial C3 trituration. This produces an inexact remedy and the process is not widely accepted. See also potency, Korsakov and trituration, C3.
potency, Q,
n.pr See potency, LM.

po·ten·cy

(pō'tĕn-sē)
Power, force, or strength; the condition or quality of being potent.
[L. potentia, power, potency]

potency

power; especially (1) the ability of the male to perform coitus; (2) the power of a medicinal agent to produce the desired effects; (3) the ability of an embryonic part to develop and complete its destiny.

centesimal potency
in homeopathy, the scale of dilution of a remedy. Each dilution is one in a hundred.
decimal potency
in homeopathy, the scale of dilution of a remedy. Each dilution is one in ten.
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In an attempt to find a simpler alternative for those needing repeated doses, we began using the water-administration method of the 12C and 30C potencies with some of our patients, with a technique called "plussing.