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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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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]
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(dɪˈkɒk ʃən)

1. the act of decocting.
2. an extract obtained by decocting.
[1350–1400; < Old French < Late Latin]
de•coc′tive, adj.
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1. the process of boiling a substance in water to extract its essence.
2. the essence so produced.
See also: Processes
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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
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[dɪˈkɒkʃən] Ndecocción f
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nAbkochung f, → Absud m; (Pharm) → Dekokt nt (spec)
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n. cocimiento, té de yerbas medicinales.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
The extracts that exhibited activities against a-glucosidase where unripe fruit decoction, ripe fruit methanol, unripe fruit methanol, leaf decoction exhibited [IC.sub.50] values stretching from 0.4 mg/mL to 3.3 mg/mL which were significantly lower than [IC.sub.50] value of 5.0 mg/mL demonstrated by the control, acarbose.
Huanglian-Wendan decoction is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), consisting of Coptis chinensis Franch, Pinellia ternata (Thunb.) Breit, Citrus reticulata Blanco, Citrus aurantium L., Poria Cocos (Schw) Wolf, Bambusa tuldoides Munro, Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch, and Zingiber officinale Roscoe.
Sijunzi decoction is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for treatment of other diseases in previous studies as it has no side effects and it has a pharmacological effect in gastrointestinal function, immune system, ulcers and tissue repair (4, 7, 8).
The main preparation methods was decoction and usually aerial parts were used in the preparation.
Moreover, leaves are the most used parts of the plants, the majority of the remedies are prepared as a decoction. Most recipes are orally administered and digestive disorders are among the most frequently treated.
Different ratios of the decoction were made; 3: 1, 2: 1, and 1: 1 (m/v) ratios, respectively.
Figure 1: The average of UV light absorbency values of the heat cure acrylic resin sample stained with tea decoction, before and after immersing in the cleanser Corega Bio Tabs SAMPLES INTENDED FOR COREGABIO TAB CLEANSER After staining abs % After immersing in cleanser corega Bio tab abs % 3.22 2.88 Note: Table made from graph.