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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Yogis and pastors across the country have called for digital detoxes. Author: Ellen Mccarthy, Anchorage Daily News, "Breaking up with your smartphone is really, really hard – just ask these people," 11 Feb. 2018 Ramona, the queen of detox, has tried everything from the seven-day Master Cleanse (lemon water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper) to a complete water fast. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge: Clean, Green, Juicing Machine," 20 Apr. 2012 To finish your day of detox, omega-3- and protein-rich salmon is served with liver-cleansing curried cauliflower. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018 Expanding treatment options is our key next step, both in terms of detox beds (which are at over capacity) and ongoing treatment options with organizations such as Aspire. Scott Maxwell,, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 Looking to detox and deplug? 3,000 acres of Connecticut woodland and a 20,000 square-foot spa should do the trick. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "5 Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways," 22 Aug. 2018 Sharing her new look on Instagram Stories—a notable break from her digital detox, all for the sake of a beauty reveal—Bieber showed off her new chin-length bob, one of her shortest cuts yet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber’s New Chop Proves Why a Fresh Cut Is Worth a Thousand Words," 13 Dec. 2018 But when my detox precluded making any purchases, the appeal of that kind of browsing shriveled. Hayley Phelan, WSJ, "Lessons From a Six-Month Shopping Detox," 26 June 2018 The Salvation Army was also on hand and took four homeless people to its detox and recovery program. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "If Oakland wants to keep fighting coal at terminal, it’s going to be expensive," 21 May 2018

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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

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 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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