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detoxify

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verb de·tox·i·fy \(ˌ)dē-ˈtäk-sə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of detoxify

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

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

Full Definition of detoxify

de·tox·i·fiedde·tox·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  neutralize 2

de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion play \(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



Circa 1905

First Known Use of detoxify

circa 1905


Medical Dictionary

detoxify

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verb de·tox·i·fy \(ˈ)dē-ˈtäk-sə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of detoxify

de·tox·i·fiedde·tox·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1a:  to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such fromb:  to render (a harmful substance) harmless

  3. 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>

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to become free of addiction to a drug or alcohol

  6. de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌtäk-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\play noun




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