Potency

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Definition

noun

(general) The ability or capacity to perform something.

(biology) The ability of a stem cell to differentiate into different cell types.

(pharmacology) The measure of the activity of a drug in a biological system.


Supplement

In biology, a cell may be totipotent, pluripotent, multipotent, or unipotent depending on its differentiation potential.


Word origin: Latin potentia, power, capacity.
Related form: potent (adjective).

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