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Meaning of DECOCTION

Pronunciation:  di'kâkshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (pharmacology) the extraction by boiling of water-soluble drug substances

DECOCTION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: boiling, simmering, stewing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*coc"tion\, n. [F. d['e]coction, L. decoctio.]
1. The act or process of boiling anything in a watery fluid
   to extract its virtues.

         In decoction . . . it either purgeth at the top or
         settleth at the bottom.               --Bacon.

2. An extract got from a body by boiling it in water.

         If the plant be boiled in water, the strained liquor
         is called the decoction of the plant. --Arbuthnot.

         In pharmacy decoction is opposed to infusion, where
         there is merely steeping.             --Latham.

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