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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.
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.
MarkerLynx has been used for screening and identifying mycotoxins in herbal medicine, evaluating chemical consistency between traditional and dispensing granule decoctions and metabolite profiling of apple volatile content, etc.
In low- and middle-income countries such as South Africa (SA), it has been found that some patients use traditional medicines containing various decoctions made from medicinal plants to either improve fetal growth or induce labour.
Infusions and decoctions of the bark or leaves were used by early bushmen and settlers as a quinine substitute for chronic diarrhoea and stomach pain.
She went through acupuncture twice a week and took herbal decoctions for three months.
They provide drugs manufactured in Uzbekistan, as well as herbal decoctions.
The kettle is also flexible, allowing the brewer to do multiple-step infusion mashes and decoctions.
We found that TA (AqE) decoctions exerted positive inotropy, accelerated myocyte relaxation and increased caffeine-induced contraction concentration-dependently.