detox

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

detox

verb

Examples of detox in a Sentence

  1. He spent one week in detox.

  2. The famous writer recently went into detox.

  3. She has been through two detoxes in the past year.

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First Known Use of detox

1973


DETOX Defined for English Language Learners

detox

noun

Definition of detox for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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detox

noun de·tox \ (ˈ)dē-ˈtäks \

medical Definition of detox

1 a :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 GelzinisThe Boston Herald7 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 TurnerBetter NutritionApril 2012

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detox

intransitive verb

medical Definition of detox

:to subject oneself to or to undergo detoxification :detoxify
  • Safely detoxing requires a 10- to 15-day hospital stay, medical experts say.
  • —Luke CyphersESPN22 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 ReedPeople Weekly11 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.
  • Redbook1 Jan. 2013

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