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decoction


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decoction  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decoction 
  n  :  (pharmacology)  the  extraction  by  boiling  of  water-soluble 
  drug  substances 




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