[ dih-kok-shuh n ]
/ dɪˈkɒk ʃən /


the act of decocting.
  1. an extract obtained by decocting.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. declomycin,
  2. declutch,
  3. declutter,
  4. deco,
  5. decoct,
  6. decode,
  7. decoder,
  8. decoherence,
  9. decoic acid,
  10. decoke

Origin of decoction

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 cook1 + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsde·coc·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decoction


/ (dɪˈkɒkʃən) /


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

Word Origin for decoction

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcoctiō, from dēcoquere to boil down, from coquere to cook

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Word Origin and History for decoction



late 14c., from French décoction (13c.) or directly from Latin decoctionem (nominative decoctio) "a boiling down," noun of action from past participle stem of decoquere "to boil down," from de- "down" (see de-) + coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

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