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tr.v. de·coct·ed, de·coct·ing, de·cocts
1. To extract the flavor of by boiling.
2. To make concentrated; boil down.

[Middle English decocten, to boil, from Latin dēcoquere, dēcoct-, to boil down or away : dē-, de- + coquere, to boil, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.]

de·coc′tion n.


1. (Pharmacology) pharmacol the extraction of the water-soluble substances of a drug or medicinal plants by boiling
2. (Pharmacology) the essence or liquor resulting from this
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcoctiō, from dēcoquere to boil down, from coquere to cook]


(dɪˈkɒk ʃən)

1. the act of decocting.
2. an extract obtained by decocting.
[1350–1400; < Old French < Late Latin]
de•coc′tive, adj.


1. the process of boiling a substance in water to extract its essence.
2. the essence so produced.
See also: Processes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decoction - (pharmacology) the extraction of water-soluble drug substances by boiling
materia medica, pharmacological medicine, pharmacology - the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
extraction - the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means


[dɪˈkɒkʃən] Ndecocción f


nAbkochung f, → Absud m; (Pharm) → Dekokt nt (spec)


n. cocimiento, té de yerbas medicinales.
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The transition is a keen one, I assure you, from the schoolmaster to a sailor, and requires a strong decoction of Seneca and the Stoics to enable you to grin and bear it.
Nay, but they are not to take in a decoction or in nauseous form, so you need not snub that so charming nose, or I shall point out to my friend Arthur what woes he may have to endure in seeing so much beauty that he so loves so much distort.
And he went on talking over the business in hand calmly, while I tried vainly to dismiss from my mind the picture of Cesar steeped to the chin in the water of the old harbour, a decoction of centuries of marine refuse.
Tristram, when they had tested the decoction which he had caused to be served to them, "now just give an account of yourself.
Low, medium and high dosages of San'ao decoction can significantly improve the Treg level in the body of acute asthmatic mice, suggesting that San'ao decoction can cure asthma through adjusting the Treg level inside body.
This is a true Maerzen, made using a decoction mash, and employing carefully-chosen ingredients.
Brewed by decoction to enhance maltiness and color, fermentation starts at 22 degrees Plato, roughly twice as rich as normal brews.
50], which indicates the two herbs produced additive vasodilator effects when used as a combined decoction.
We still use the very same process, triple decoction [Pilsner Urquell's triple-decoction method involves drawing off portions of the mash at three different times over the course of more than four hours.
The herb material of scurfpea fruits was purchased from Shanghai Lei Yun Shang Chinese medicinal decoction pieces factory (Shanghai, China), and the authentication of samples was conducted by Professor Jianwei Chen of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Carey notes that Dancing Man is made using a decoction mash, and fermented in open-top fermenters, a practice shared by only one or two other U.
Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT) is a very common herbal decoction for woman aliment, and which contains AR and Angelica Sinensis Radix.