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 Deb agrees to help so far as checking her into a detox facility, but her maternal love keeps her awake nights, imagining Molly wracked with pain from head to toe. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Four Good Days': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 In 2017, a detox facility in New York faced charges of discrimination from the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: The good the Salvation Army does without discrimination," 3 Dec. 2019 Haley would tag along with Greg until 7 A.M., chasing bodies to deposit at the detox facilities. Colton Wooten, The New Yorker, "My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction," 14 Oct. 2019 Particularly if and when your skin is in need of a detox. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Dark Star," 29 May 2014 The company provided detox, outpatient treatment, day treatment and sober-living services. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Ohio man sentenced in $48 million health care fraud case involving addiction treatment company," 22 Jan. 2020 Two-thirds of Indians have never even tried a social media detox, the survey found. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Switching their phones off makes Indians bored, sad, and disconnected," 23 Dec. 2019 The first two are pretty well-covered: There is medical detox and rehab, and counseling and therapy are thriving. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A radical approach to confronting addiction puts human connection first," 19 Sep. 2019 Cell service is limited, making a digital detox part of your stay. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "11 Places to Recoup After the Holidays," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2020

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“Detox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of detox

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


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 nouna 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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