coc·​tion | \ ˈkäkshən \
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for coction

Latin coction-, coctio cooking, digestion, from coctus + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Coction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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