Definition of decoction in English:



  • 1A concentrated liquor resulting from heating or boiling a substance, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.

    ‘a decoction of a root’
    • ‘Witch hazel decoctions are easily found on the shelf of most pharmacies, yet the literature available regarding its efficacy and mechanisms of action is limited.’
    • ‘Some said they take tonics because their classmates do and others said their parents buy the decoctions for them.’
    • ‘We have therefore scientifically examined a decoction of commonly used medicinal herbs in order to examine their efficacy in preventing bone loss.’
    • ‘Smells like a decoction of mild tropical fruits with some pears in there and a certain frisky note of red capsicum.’
    • ‘These herbs contain volatile oils that come out very quickly, and evaporate out of the decoction if steeped too long.’
    • ‘The same dose of herbs can be similarly cooked to make two or three further decoctions.’
    • ‘The chocoholics among us won't be surprised to learn that people were sipping decoctions of cacao a millennium earlier than archaeologists had previously thought.’
    • ‘Irvine writes that a decoction of crushed stems is drunk in Ghana for severe sickness and weakness.’
    • ‘These disorders can all be treated equally effectively with a decoction of salvia alone.’
    • ‘The oral ingestion of the same decoction may have improved cold tolerance due to its thermogenic effect.’
    • ‘You may simmer tougher herbal roots and barks to make them into decoctions, another form of water extract.’
    • ‘Treatments in vogue included horseback riding for pulmonary tuberculosis, and a decoction of carrots for jaundice.’
    • ‘I treated the past two bouts with a strong decoction of honeysuckle tea.’
    • ‘When I have the time I make a decoction by harvesting sprigs of the plant before it has flowered, enough to half fill a large saucepan.’
    • ‘In 1945, a botanical writer noted that on several Pacific islands a decoction of mashed noni fruit, along with kava root and crushed sugar cane stems, was used as a treatment for tuberculosis.’
    • ‘Patients were given herbs and taught how to make decoctions, or the decoctions were prepared by the herbalist and given to the patient using an assortment of recycled bottles.’
    • ‘Astragalus is typically prescribed as a dried root, powdered, or in a decoction.’
    • ‘A small percentage of white vinegar is added to the decoction.’
    • ‘The syrup was a decoction of yin and yang tonic and balancing herbs to preserve her vital energy.’
    • ‘Both people had taken decoctions supposedly containing Wei Ling Xian.’
    stock, broth, bouillon, juice, gravy, liquid, infusion, extract, concentrate, decoction
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action or process of extracting the essence of something.
      ‘decoction is used for woody plant material such as roots and bark’
      • ‘Some of these methods such as the detoxification of aconite by preparing it with salt and/or long…decoction are a mainstay of TCM practice.’
      • ‘Medicinal plants are predominantly wildcrafted and dispensed mainly by decoction, although prepared formulas are given.’
      extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, distillate, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution
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Late Middle English: from late Latin decoctio(n-), from decoquere boil down (see decoct).