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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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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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 For some users, a more reasonable solution is a Facebook detox, or break. USA TODAY, "Why it's so hard to #DeleteFacebook," 28 Mar. 2018 People going through detox are usually given a safer opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high. Fox News, "FDA approves non-opioid drug to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms," 17 May 2018 Reilly attempted to get sober several times through detox and other programs. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "His brothers include a mayor and judge. This recovering addict honors nine years of sobriety through service to others.," 16 May 2018 This transit only happens once per year, so embrace the cosmic detox. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What April's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 29 Mar. 2018 Resorts offer digital detox packages that can help you (see below), and laws designed to prevent distracted driving are passing left and right. Christopher Ellliott, USA TODAY, "Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here's how to stop it," 4 Feb. 2018 That didn't mean crash-diet or do some crazy detox. Lori Berger, Redbook, "Love, Kardashian Style," 12 Apr. 2011

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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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