potentiate

[puh-ten-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), potentiated, potentiating.
1.
to cause to be potent; make powerful.
2.
to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.

Origin:
1810–20; < Latin potenti(a) power (see potency) + -ate1

potentiation, noun
potentiator, noun
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potentiate (pəˈtɛnʃɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to cause to be potent
2.  med to increase (the individual action or effectiveness) of two drugs by administering them in combination with each other

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potentiate po·ten·ti·ate (pə-těn'shē-āt')
v. po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing, po·ten·ti·ates

  1. To make potent or powerful.

  2. To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.

  3. To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.


po·ten'ti·a'tion n.
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Like benzodiazepines, barbiturates potentiate the effect of gaba at this receptor.
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