de·​coc·​tion di-ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce decoction (audio)
: an extract obtained by decocting
: the act or process of decocting

Examples of decoction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Explore the art and science of mushroom cultivation, and learn how to extract mushrooms to create an effective tincture or decoction. Corey Sheldon | , oregonlive, 28 July 2023 Coffee brewing is generally classified under three types: decoction, infusion or steeping, and pressure methods. Catherine Hu, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2015 In decoction, ground coffee is in contact with high temperature water for a period of time, causing a more intense extraction [2]. Catherine Hu, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2015 Brewed utilizing a decoction mash, lagered patiently, and made with all German ingredients. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 22 Sep. 2022 In vivo evidence demonstrates that gavage feeding the honeysuckle decoction leads to a significant elevation of MIR2911 in mouse blood and lung. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 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

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of decoction was in the 15th century

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“Decoction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


de·​coc·​tion -ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce decoction (audio)
: the act or process of boiling usually in water so as to extract the flavor or active principle compare infusion sense 1b(1)
: an extract or liquid preparation obtained by decocting
: 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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