decoction

noun
de·​coc·​tion | \ di-ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce decoction (audio) \

Definition of decoction

1 : an extract obtained by decocting
2 : the act or process of decocting

Examples of decoction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 According to its website, the herbs are taken in the form of a tea, or an herbal decoction, which can either be cooked at home or prepared at the clinic. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 16 July 2021 The therapeutic agents—convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin—are both derived from the blood of people who have recovered from the disease, decoctions of the antibodies that the human immune system makes to fight off germs. Adam Rogers, Wired, 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of decoction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Oct 2021

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“Decoction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decoction. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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decoction

noun
de·​coc·​tion | \ -ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce decoction (audio) \

Medical Definition of decoction

1 : the act or process of boiling usually in water so as to extract the flavor or active principle — compare infusion sense 1b(1)
2a : an extract or liquid preparation obtained by decocting
b : a liquid preparation made by boiling a medicinal plant with water usually in the proportion of 5 parts of the drug to 100 parts of water

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