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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.
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(Pharmacology) to extract (the essence or active principle) from (a medicinal or similar substance) by boiling
[C15: see decoction]
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to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēcoctus, past participle of dēcoquere to boil down]
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Past participle: decocted
Gerund: decocting

I decoct
you decoct
he/she/it decocts
we decoct
you decoct
they decoct
I decocted
you decocted
he/she/it decocted
we decocted
you decocted
they decocted
Present Continuous
I am decocting
you are decocting
he/she/it is decocting
we are decocting
you are decocting
they are decocting
Present Perfect
I have decocted
you have decocted
he/she/it has decocted
we have decocted
you have decocted
they have decocted
Past Continuous
I was decocting
you were decocting
he/she/it was decocting
we were decocting
you were decocting
they were decocting
Past Perfect
I had decocted
you had decocted
he/she/it had decocted
we had decocted
you had decocted
they had decocted
I will decoct
you will decoct
he/she/it will decoct
we will decoct
you will decoct
they will decoct
Future Perfect
I will have decocted
you will have decocted
he/she/it will have decocted
we will have decocted
you will have decocted
they will have decocted
Future Continuous
I will be decocting
you will be decocting
he/she/it will be decocting
we will be decocting
you will be decocting
they will be decocting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been decocting
you have been decocting
he/she/it has been decocting
we have been decocting
you have been decocting
they have been decocting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been decocting
you will have been decocting
he/she/it will have been decocting
we will have been decocting
you will have been decocting
they will have been decocting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been decocting
you had been decocting
he/she/it had been decocting
we had been decocting
you had been decocting
they had been decocting
I would decoct
you would decoct
he/she/it would decoct
we would decoct
you would decoct
they would decoct
Past Conditional
I would have decocted
you would have decocted
he/she/it would have decocted
we would have decocted
you would have decocted
they would have decocted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decoct - extract the essence of something by boiling it
2.decoct - be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
3.decoct - steep in hot water
steep, infuse - let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"
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The decoct extract is reportedly effective for number of diseases and disorders like fever, diarrhea and dysentery, neurologic disorders, urinary tract infection and malaria.
The same method is used for the preparation of Guatteria discolor among the Wayapi populations in French Guiana, though in this case the Wayapi decoct the bark (GRENAND et al., 1987).
When the volume has reached about VV poa (local measure, 4 poas approximate 1 kg), the boiling is stopped and the decoct ion strained to separate liquid from the solid.
500g leaf of Adhatoda vasica and decoct in 5L of water till it turns into a dark brown mass.
Burchfield's facts are not wrong, but he is wrong to decoct from them that Fowler was an uncritical, flag-saluting traditionalist.
One Daoist who helped her, at great expense, decoct a potion of longevity, heralded from White Crane Mountain.
Certainly, heat is needed to infuse or decoct the liquor and to dissolve the necessary addition of sugar, why the English have not adopted the American habit of taking ice in tea, for example, is still not fully understood.
And yet Jim Garrison, Edward Jay Epstein, Mark Lane, Oliver Stone, and others managed successfully to decoct a right-wing conspiracy!
The president's tendency to see religion not as rule but as guide and his reference to Niebuhr as a philosopher allows one to decoct what in Niebuhr's thought Obama finds so compelling: the pastor's conclusions and not the theological reasoning that created them.
The Help Me Grow prograim, when you decoct the rhetoric, is basically a statewide crisis line for over-the-edge parents to call and get talked out of beating up their kids.