detoxify


de·tox·i·fy

transitive verb \(ˌ)dē-ˈtäk-sə-ˌfī\

: to remove a poisonous or harmful substance from (something)

: to cause (someone) to stop using drugs or alcohol by providing special help and treatment

de·tox·i·fiedde·tox·i·fy·ing

Full Definition of DETOXIFY

1
a :  to remove a harmful substance (as a poison or toxin) or the effect of such from
b :  to render (a harmful substance) harmless
2
:  to free (as a drug user or an alcoholic) from an intoxicating or an addictive substance in the body or from dependence on or addiction to such a substance
3
:  neutralize 2
de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌtäk-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of DETOXIFY

  1. a special tea that is supposed to detoxify the body
  2. a drug addict who is being detoxified

First Known Use of DETOXIFY

circa 1905

de·tox·i·fy

verb \(ˈ)dē-ˈtäk-sə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)
de·tox·i·fiedde·tox·i·fy·ing

Medical Definition of DETOXIFY

transitive verb
1
a : to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such from b : to render (a harmful substance) harmless
2
: to free (as a drug user or an alcoholic) from an intoxicating or an addictive substance in the body or from dependence on or addiction to such a substance <the clinic started detoxifying him by gradually lowering his dosage—J. M. Markham>
intransitive verb
: to become free of addiction to a drug or alcohol
de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌtäk-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

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