noun, often attributive
de·​tox | \ˈdē-ˌtäks, di-ˈtäks\

Definition of detox 

1 : detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance a detox clinic

2 : a program or facility for assisting a person undergoing detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance spent one week in detox

3 : a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body A well-designed detox can help purge your liver, colon, and kidneys of toxins; clear your skin; boost your energy; and help you safely shed pounds.— Lisa Turner

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detox verb

Examples of detox in a Sentence

He spent one week in detox. The famous writer recently went into detox. She has been through two detoxes in the past year.
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Devices like the Unihertz Jelly are tiny smartphones that are harder to use, while others like the Light Phone only make phone calls. If all else fails, there’s always... (drumroll please) digital detox camp! Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How to detox from your smartphone with these apps and gadgets," 29 Nov. 2018 Providing appropriate care for persons in need of detox treatment is well-known, standard corrections practice. Emily Lane,, "Mother of 5 who died while detoxing in Orleans jail endured 'difficult times,' family says," 30 May 2018 Another route to sobriety could be a three-day stay at a detox facility, which costs $985, followed by inpatient treatment ($3,640 for 14 days); then outpatient treatment ($3,674 for a year). Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "What would it cost to house and provide treatment for Seattle’s homeless?," 17 Sep. 2018 Popular among the digital detox set, a grayscale screen is thought to be less distracting than those on a colorful one, and marketing experts will tell you that designers have long relied on colors to encourage subconscious decision-making. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Research Behind Google's New Tools for Digital Well-Being," 9 May 2018 People admitted to the Austintown Township center’s detox facility sometimes had to wait days before seeing a doctor, according to the complaint. Washington Post, "Ohio treatment center owner target of Medicaid fraud probe," 31 Mar. 2018 While the term detox has trickled down to our digital devices and our wardrobes, Lanserhof really does continue to exist as an antidote to modern living—even modern notions of healthy living. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Alpine Spa Where Billionaires and Hollywood Royalty Go to Detox," 11 Apr. 2017 Sheldon’s camera is ever present, hovering, never intruding, but capturing the misery of detox, the fleeting joy of a birthday and the tears in a mother’s eyes as a son relapses. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 In addition to limiting sodium, experts say that focusing on increasing potassium-rich foods is an important part of a salt detox. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to detox from a sodium habit you may not know you have," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of detox

: special treatment that helps a person to stop using drugs or alcohol


de·​tox | \(ˈ)dē-ˈtäks \

Medical Definition of detox 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance a unit providing detox for adolescents often used before another noun a detox clinic

b : a detox program or facility There are city officials who are scrambling to see if they can extend the average stays in a detox.— Peter Gelzinis, The Boston Herald, 7 Nov. 1999

2 : a regimen or treatment to remove toxins and impurities from the body A well-designed detox can help purge your liver, colon, and kidneys of toxins; clear your skin; boost your energy; and help you safely shed pounds.— Lisa Turner, Better Nutrition, April 2012

Medical Definition of detox (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject oneself to or to undergo detoxification : detoxify Safely detoxing requires a 10- to 15-day hospital stay, medical experts say.— Luke Cyphers, ESPN, 22 July 2002

transitive verb

: to remove a harmful or intoxicating substance from (someone or something) : detoxify Most heroin addicts have been detoxed hundreds of times.— Susan Reed, People Weekly, 11 Aug. 1986 also : to remove impurities from Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as phytonutrients, compounds that naturally detox the body. Redbook, 1 Jan. 2013

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