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confection

[kuh n-fek-shuh n] /kənˈfɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
2.
the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
3.
a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
4.
something made up or confected; a concoction:
He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
5.
something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
6.
Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
verb (used with object)
7.
Archaic. to prepare as a confection.
Origin of confection
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for confectioning

confection

/kənˈfɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of compounding or mixing
2.
any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet
3.
(old-fashioned) an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women
4.
(informal) anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolous: the play was merely an ingenious confection
5.
a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin confectiō a preparing, from conficere to produce; see confect
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Word Origin and History for confectioning

confection

n.

mid-14c., confescioun, from Old French confeccion (12c., Modern French confection) "drawing up (of a treaty, etc.); article, product," in pharmacology, "mixture, compound," from Late Latin confectionem (nominative confectio) "a confection," in classical Latin, "a making, preparing," noun of action from confect-, past participle stem of conficere "to prepare," from com- "with" (see com-) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Originally "the making by means of ingredients," sense of "candy or light pastry" predominated from 16c.

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confectioning in Medicine

confection con·fec·tion (kən-fěk'shən)
n.
A sweetened medicinal compound. Also called electuary.

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