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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun," 3 Apr. 2020 And the beer’s distinctive flavors come from a three-step decoction brewing process and the use of Munich, Pilsner, Vienna and dextrin malts including, occasionally, wheat. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Beer trend alert: The resurgence of Mexican lager," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of decoction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decoction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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