Decoction Definition

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Ayurveda Related Term: Decoction


1. the act of decocting.
2. Pharmacology .
a. an extract obtained by decocting.
b. water in which a crude vegetable drug has been boiled and which therefore contains the constituents or principles of the substance soluble in boiling water.

1350–1400; Middle English decoccioun < Old French decoction < Late Latin dēcoctiōn- (stem of dēcoctiō ) a boiling down, equivalent to dēcoct ( us ), past participle of dēcoquere ( dē- de- + coc-, for coquere to cook + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

—Related forms
de·coc·tive, adjective Unabridged

World English Dictionary

— n
1. pharmacol the extraction of the water-soluble substances of a drug or medicinal plants by boiling
2. the essence or liquor resulting from this

late 14c., from pp. stem of L. decoquere “to boil down,” from de- + coquere “to cook” (see cook (n.)). Decoct is attested from early 15c.

Medical Dictionary

de·coc·tion definition

Function: n
1 : the act or process of boiling usually in water so as to extract the flavor or active principle compare INFUSION 1b(1) ,
2 a : an extract or liquid preparation obtained by decocting
b : a liquid preparation made by boiling a medicinal plant with water usually in the proportion of 5 parts of the drug to 100 parts of water


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