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decoct

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verb de·coct \di-ˈkäkt\

Definition of decoct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to extract the flavor of by boiling

  3. 2 :  boil down, concentrate



Did You Know?

Decoct boils down to a simple Latin origin: the word decoquere, from de-, meaning "down" or "away," and coquere, meaning "to cook" or "to ripen." Decoct itself is quite rare. Its related noun decoction, which refers to either an extract obtained by decocting or the act or process of decocting, is slightly more common but still much less recognizable than some other members of the coquere family, among them biscuit, biscotti, cook, and kitchen. Other coquere descendants include concoct ("to prepare by combining raw materials" or "to devise or fabricate"), concoction ("something concocted"), and precocious ("exceptionally early in development or occurrence" or "exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age").

Origin and Etymology of decoct

Middle English, from Latin decoctus, past participle of decoquere, from de- + coquere to cook — more at cook


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

decoct

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transitive verb de·coct \di-ˈkäkt\

Medical Definition of decoct

  1. 1:  to prepare by boiling :  extract the flavor or active principle of by boiling

  2. 2:  to steep in hot water




Learn More about decoct

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of decoct


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