[ 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.

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 forms

de·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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