Definition of coction
1 archaic : the act or process of attaining a more perfect, more mature, or more desirable condition either through natural processes or by the intervention of foreign agents (as heat); specifically : digestion of food
2 archaic : suppuration conceived of especially by humoralists as a stage in the normal process of wound healing or as a phase in the development of any disease
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Origin and Etymology of coction
Latin coction-, coctio cooking, digestion, from coctus + -ion-, -io -ion
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