decoction

[dih-kok-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of decocting.
2.
Pharmacology.
a.
an extract obtained by decocting.
b.
water in which a crude vegetable drug has been boiled and which therefore contains the constituents or principles of the substance soluble in boiling water.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English decoccioun < Old French decoction < Late Latin dēcoctiōn- (stem of dēcoctiō) a boiling down, equivalent to dēcoct(us), past participle of dēcoquere (dē- de- + coc-, for coquere to cook + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

decoctive, adjective
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decoction (dɪˈkɒkʃən)
 
n
1.  pharmacol the extraction of the water-soluble substances of a drug or medicinal plants by boiling
2.  the essence or liquor resulting from this
 
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcoctiō, from dēcoquere to boil down, from coquere to cook]

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decoction
late 14c., from pp. stem of L. decoquere "to boil down," from de- + coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Decoct is attested from early 15c.
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Coffee may be served as filtered coffee, infusion of coffee, or decoction of coffee.
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