detox

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

Other Words from detox

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors often run out of the medication needed to help addicts detox. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Another important part of working with detox and rehab centers is transparency. Danny Star, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Here are 10 of the best detox shampoos for the cleanest, shiniest, healthiest hair of your life. ELLE, 7 Apr. 2022 But the setting slowly shifts over time, first to a detox unit at Seattle General, then to a rehab center. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 The facility, which will be completed in the next eight months, will offer social detox for those with substance abuse problems, beds for those needing more long-term care and crisis response teams. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 Santizo decided to seek treatment and detox through the Odyssey House in 2012. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 This layer also naturally generates negative ions to fight free radicals while providing deeply penetrative heat that initiates a full-body detox, improves circulation, and reduces inflammation for inside-out healing. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2022 Jensen went through a detox program in Culver City, followed by residence in a sober living home. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 May 2022

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More Definitions for detox

detox

noun
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
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

detox

intransitive verb

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

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 also : to remove impurities from Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as phytonutrients, compounds that naturally detox the body. Redbook

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