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
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.
Recent Examples of detox from the Web
The detox definitely does sound incredibly hard and unpleasant.
Attempting to detox from alcohol without medical attention, particularly after sustained use for a long period of time, is extremely dangerous.
Acceptance into opioid crisis court means detox, inpatient or outpatient care, 8 p.m. curfews, and at least 30 consecutive days of in-person meetings with the judge.
Can't get to L.A.'s Surya Spa for their coveted 5-day detox?
She was born in Manchester, hit by the truck in Manchester, fought through a six-month detox in her mother's living room in Manchester.
We're still underserved with education, prevention, treatment, detox.
After sessions like this, owners and dogs go through 14-day ‘the Zen Dog’ detox, after which dogs emerge well behaved and mellow.
Before Medicaid expanded, his father’s health insurance would pay for detox, but not for long-term treatment.
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First Known Use of detox
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Definition of detox for English Language Learners
: special treatment that helps a person to stop using drugs or alcohol
Medical Definition of detox
1a: detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance a unit providing detox for adolescents—often used before another noun a detox clinicb: 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
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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