Definitions for decoctiondɪˈkɒk ʃən
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(pharmacology) the extraction of water-soluble drug substances by boiling
an extraction or essence of something, obtained by boiling it down
Origin: From décoction, from decoctio, form of decoquō, from de- + coquo.
the act or process of boiling anything in a watery fluid to extract its virtues
an extract got from a body by boiling it in water
Origin: [F. dcoction, L. decoctio.]
Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling, of dissolved chemicals, from herbal or plant material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes. Decoction involves first mashing, and then boiling in water to extract oils, volatile organic compounds, and other chemical substances. Decoction can be used to make tisanes, teas, coffees, tinctures and similar solutions. The process can also be applied to meats and vegetables to prepare bouillon or stock. A decoction is also the name for the resulting liquid. Although this method of extraction differs from infusion and percolation, the resultant liquids are often functionally similar.
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