A decoction, solution, or infusion made by drawing out from any substance that which gives it its essential and characteristic virtue; essence; as, extract of beef; extract of dandelion; also, any substance so extracted, and characteristic of that from which it is obtained; as, quinine is the most important extract of Peruvian bark.
A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a drug, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant; -- distinguished from an abstract.
Other Word Forms of Extract
Origin of Extract
Middle English extracten from Latin extrahere extract- ex- ex- trahere to draw
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin extractum, neuter perfect passive participle of extrahō.
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