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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
Etymology: From décoction, from decoctio, form of decoquō, from de- + coquo.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: decoctum, Latin.
In infusion the longer it is, the greater is the part of the gross body that goeth into the liquor; but in decoction, though more goeth forth, yet it either purgeth at the top, or settleth at the bottom. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 308.
They distil their husbands land
In decoctions; and are mann’d
With ten emp’rics, in their chamber
Lying for the spirit of amber. Ben Jonson.
If the plant be boiled in water, the strained liquor is called the decoction of the plant. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material (which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes) to dissolve the chemicals of the material. It is the most common preparation method in various herbal-medicine systems. Decoction involves first drying the plant material; then mashing, slicing, or cutting the material to allow for maximum dissolution; and finally boiling in water to extract oils, volatile organic compounds and other various chemical substances. Occasionally, aqueous ethanol or glycerol may be used instead of water. Decoction can be used to make tisanes, tinctures and similar solutions. Decoctions and infusions may produce liquids with differing chemical properties, as the temperature or preparation difference may result in more oil-soluble chemicals in decoctions versus infusions. The process can also be applied to meats and vegetables to prepare bouillon or stock, though the term is typically only used to describe boiled plant extracts, usually for medicinal or scientific purposes.Decoction is also the name for the resulting liquid. Although this method of extraction differs from infusion and percolation, the resultant liquids can sometimes be similar in their effects, or general appearance and taste.
Decoction is a method of extraction, typically involving boiling, to obtain concentrated substances or flavors from various materials such as plant material, grains, or coffee. It refers to the process by which dissolved chemicals or active substances are extracted from a substance, often by heating or boiling it in a liquid such as water. This liquid is then strained and can be consumed as is, diluted, or taken with other substances. It is commonly used in traditional medicine and brewing.
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
Etymology: [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.
The numerical value of decoction in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of decoction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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