Definition of decoction in English:


Line breaks: de|coc¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkɒkʃ(ə)n


1A concentrated liquor resulting from heating or boiling a substance, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant: a decoction of a root
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  • Patients were given herbs and taught how to make decoctions, or the decoctions were prepared by the herbalist and given to the patient using an assortment of recycled bottles.
  • Witch hazel decoctions are easily found on the shelf of most pharmacies, yet the literature available regarding its efficacy and mechanisms of action is limited.
  • You may simmer tougher herbal roots and barks to make them into decoctions, another form of water extract.
1.1 [mass noun] The action or process of extracting the essence of something: decoction is used for woody plant material such as roots and bark
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  • Some of these methods such as the detoxification of aconite by preparing it with salt and/or long…decoction are a mainstay of TCM practice.
  • Medicinal plants are predominantly wildcrafted and dispensed mainly by decoction, although prepared formulas are given.


late Middle English: from late Latin decoctio(n-), from decoquere 'boil down' (see decoct).

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