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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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Back at home, he decocted with one part powder, two parts water and reduced the water down by half.
Thereafter, four-time volumes of distilled water were added into the residue, decocted twice for 30 min.
These traditional Chinese medicines were decocted by Sanyan Chinese Herbal Boiler from Tianjin Sanyan Company, which complied with the relevant provisions of the 2010 edition of the Pharmacopoeia and was prepared by Liuzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.
Root of Bupleurum falcatum 5 part Tuber of Pinellia ternata 4 part Bark of Cinnamomum cassia 3 part Sclerotium of Poria cocos 3 part Root of Scutellaria baicalensis 2.5 part Fruit of Zizyphus jujube 2.5 part Root of Panax ginseng 2.5 part Shell of Ostrea gigas 2.5 part Fossilia ossis Mastoid 2.5 part Rhizome of Zingiber officinale 1 part These ten dried herbal and mineral drugs were decocted with 700 part of boiling water for 1 h.
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This study revealed that dissolution of ginsenosides in Radix Ginseng Rubra would change when decocted with Fructus Schisandrae and Radix Ophiopogonis.
Aqueous extract of single herb and DSS were prepared according to the following procedure: Single herb or six medicinal materials were mixed in proportion and were macerated for 6 h with eight times (v/w) distilled water.The medical solution was heated to boiling, then decocted for 1 h and the filtrate was collected The residue was decocted again for 1 h with six times (v/w) distilled water, then collected filtrate again and mixed with previous collected filtrate, condensed and dried at 60[degrees]C.