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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: dē-kok′shŭn


  1. The process of boiling.
  2. The pharmacopeial name for preparations made by boiling crude vegetable drugs, and then straining, in the proportion of 50 g of the drug to 1000 mL of water.

Synonym(s): apozem, apozema

[L. decoctio, fr. de-coquo, pp. -coctus, to boil down]