Potential (disambiguation)

Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability, in a wide variety of fields from physics to the social sciences.

Mathematics and physics


  • Action potential, occurs when the membrane potential of a specific axon location rapidly rises and falls: this depolarisation then causes adjacent locations to similarly depolarise
  • Membrane potential, the difference in electric potential between the interior and the exterior of a biological cell. With respect to the exterior of the cell, typical values of membrane potential range from –40 mV to –80 mV
  • Water potential, the potential energy of water per unit volume relative to pure water in reference conditions


Philosophy and society

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