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

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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

And celebrities sometimes lead by example, like when Cardi B promoted detox tea. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Vaping, juice cleanses, fitness trackers: Some 'healthy' trends are riskier than you think," 4 July 2019 In the latest wave of such tech detoxes, Facebook announced a crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation from its platform amid pressure from politicians and several measles outbreaks. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News [Updated]," 10 June 2019 After entering a detox program, Howze’s mother, Melva, learned that he’d been involved in the bank robberies and told authorities. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "While awaiting sentencing for bank robbery, man helps hold up five additional banks, FBI charges," 7 June 2019 Dogs are wallowing in mud baths and detox wraps, hot oil treatments and blueberry facials. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Christian agreed to go to detox for his drug use, then later moved to a house for adolescent boys run by Juconi. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico’s New Focus to Stem Violent Culture: Children," 26 Jan. 2019 The brand posted a photo of Christina Grasso, an outspoken survivor and anti-eating disorder advocate, on their Instagram, using #detox and #retox under a photo of her in a bubble bath drinking a glass of wine. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Jameela Jamil Called Out Khloé Kardashian and a Detox Tea Company For Promoting Unhealthy Products," 21 Mar. 2019 There are a variety of herbal and nutritional supplements that can aid in a detox. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calm Before the Storm: A Pre-Holiday Detox," 18 Nov. 2013 Give your desk a long overdue detox with the ProBASE X Laptop & Monitor Stand that does more than just elevate your device. Popular Mechanics, "Declutter Your Desk with This Laptop Stand," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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detox

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detox

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

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, 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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