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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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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.
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.
Tristram, when they had tested the decoction which he had caused to be served to them, "now just give an account of yourself.
Compounds, decoctions and tinctures are used to treat acne and boils, mouth ulcers, cold sores, earache, chilblains, coughs, flu and bronchitis.
In USJP, she did a research with the aim of investigating the medicinal properties in a whole plant sample of dried polpala (Aerva lanata) by preparing decoctions and infusions.
Most plants are used as infusions, decoctions, pastes, or inhalants.
Icelandic Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses" describes the history, uses, harvesting, drying, and storage of the plants, and includes a wealth of detailed instructions for their preparation--including infusions, decoctions, tinctures, and syrups.
It is typical for Russians in the case of oral cavity diseases to turn to traditional remedies, such as decoctions of camomile, oak bark or clary, and infusions of propolis or eucalyptus.
46), le 11 septembre 1993, qui etait alors entrainee par le sulfureux Ma Junren, dont les methodes de preparation incluaient des decoctions a base de sang de tortues.