- an extract obtained by decocting.
- 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
Examples from the Web for decoction
As an astringent, all the parts described are commonly given under the form of decoction.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
For roundworms he recommended especially a decoction of artemisia maritima, coriander seeds, and decoctions of thyme.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
For coughs and lung diseases, a decoction of wild cherry bark was administered.Andersonville, Volume 4|John McElroy
The decoction deposits an impure resin or resinoid on cooling.
With the leaves of the latter they make a decoction which, mixed with hydromel, is an antidote for intermittent fevers.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1|Hubert Howe Bancroft
Word Origin 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.)).