coct-, cocto-

(Latin: to cook, to boil; to prepare; to digest)

coction (s) (noun), coctions (pl)
1. The act of cooking, boiling, or altering a substance by applying heat.
2. An old term for "digestion".
coctoantigen (s) (noun), coctoantigens (pl)
A substance that is capable of causing the production of an antibody which has been heated.
coctoimmunogen (s) (noun), coctoimmunogens (pl)
A heated substance that can prompt a response from the immune system.
concoct (verb), concocts; concocted; concocting
1. To make up or to prepare by mixing a variety of ingredients; especially, of a soup, a drink, etc.: Lisa loves to concoct an evening drink by using some lime juice, dark rum, and non-alcoholic ginger beer with ice cubes!
2. To conceive or to create by using skill and intelligence: Henry wanted to concoct a mystery story by using a lot of his imagination without including ideas from his previous mystery stories.
3. To make up, to think, or to fabricate a story or reason for doing something: Tom's children decided to concoct a scheme so they could stay up late on Saturday night to see a special TV movie!
To make up an excuse.
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To devise a reason for doing something.
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concocted (adjective), more concocted, most concocted
1. A reference to something, usually food, which has several different parts added together, often in a way that is original or not planned.
2. Descriptive of anything that is prepared or brought to perfection by heat; digested; ripened, matured; planned, contrived; fabricated.
concocter, concoctor (s) (noun); concocters, concoctors (pl
1. Someone who makes something; especially, ingeniously from a variety of ingredients.
Thesaurus: contrive, invent, devise, formulate, fabricate, plan, develop. 2. An inventor of (a story or an excuse, etc).
1. Capable of being concocted.
2. Digestible.
concoction (s) (noun), concoctions (pl)
1. Something made ingeniously from a variety of ingredients.
2. Any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients; a mixture.
3. An occurrence of an unusual mixture.
4. The invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose: "His testimony was a concoction of lies and half truths."
5. The act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup, etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components.
6. A medicinal formulatin of several ingredients, the combination of which is used to achieve some therapeutic objective.
7. The process of digestion.
Pertaining to or referring to the concoction of a mixture, a story, etc.
decoct (verb), decocts; decocted; decocting
1. To extract the flavor of by boiling.
2. To make concentrated; to boil down.
3. To extract the essence or active ingredient from a substance by boiling it.
4. Etymology: from Middle English decocten, "to boil", from Latin decoquere, decoct-, "to boil down" or "to boil away"; from de-, "down, away" + coquere, "to boil, to cook".
Capable of being boiled or digested.
1. The extraction of an essence or active ingredient from a substance by boiling.
2. A concentrated substance that results from decoction, or boiling.
3. 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.
4. The act or process of boiling resulting in a medicine or other substance prepared by boiling.
A liquid preparation made by boiling a medicinal plant with water usually in the proportion of five parts of the drug to 100 parts of water.
deconcoct (verb), deconcocts; deconcocted; deconcocting

Closely related to the coqu-, cocu- family of "to cook, to ripen" words.