noun, often attributive
de·​tox | \ ˈdē-ˌtäks How to pronounce detox (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The bill seeks to fund one residential treatment bed per 2,000 residents, one detox center per 3,000 residents, and one intensive outpatient opening per 1,000 residents. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Massive Oregon beer, wine tax hike bound for slow death in legislature," 24 Mar. 2021 According to Britannica, she was denied methadone treatment and her body had to detox on its own. Lia Beck,, "The United States Vs. Billie Holiday," 28 Feb. 2021 Directors know that after spending the day hunched over a screen and trying to detox in front of a bigger screen, audiences are reluctant to spend much time squinting to read a text. Zak Jason, Wired, "TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK," 16 Feb. 2021 Main offers that Brownstone’s proposal reminds him of the three-quarter houses that cater to people recently released from jails, prisons, detox centers, hospitals, and shelters. Jack Denton, Curbed, "L.A. Start-up Advertises Nonexistent One-Quarter Bedrooms in Brooklyn Heights," 3 Mar. 2021 From Joshua Tree, to Palm Springs, and even Sedona, here are some of the most luxurious desert Airbnbs to inspire your next digital detox, romantic getaway, or simply, change of scenery. Annie Davidson, Forbes, "6 Luxurious Desert Airbnbs For A Secluded Getaway," 28 Feb. 2021 The goal is for clients to leave detox after about a week with a plan for treatment, Murphy said. Rachel Alexander And Saphara Harrell, oregonlive, "Oregon’s drug treatment system is not ready for Measure 110 aftermath, Salem Reporter finds," 6 Feb. 2021 Trump, however, is betting that the press’s detox won’t take. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Donald Trump Is Already Teasing a 2024 Campaign," 21 Jan. 2021 De Paul provides a range of services from medical detox intervention to residential therapy and outpatient programs for adults in downtown Portland and Hillsboro. oregonlive, "Portland city officials, healthcare providers consider broader replacement for shuttered Sobering Station," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Apr 2021

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“Detox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of detox

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


de·​tox | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈtäks How to pronounce detox (audio) \

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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