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 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 But 10-foot ceilings and endless windows weren’t filling whatever hole detox had opened in me. Mathina Calliope, Longreads, "The Backcountry Prescription Experiment," 3 Dec. 2019 Drug use is rampant, so the services offered include detox and addiction treatment. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "‘The worst it’s been’ — clearing San Antonio homeless encampments no easy task," 29 Nov. 2019 The Good Place actor Jameela Jamil recently called out Khloé Kardashian for promoting detox teas. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Mocked Influencers Who Are Paid to Promote Diet Products on Her Instagram Stories," 9 Oct. 2019 Actress Jameela Jamil recently called out Khloe Kardashian for promoting unhealthy detox teas. Erin Nicole Celletti, Allure, "Sophie Turner Mocked Influencers Who Are Paid to Promote Diet Products on Instagram Stories," 9 Oct. 2019 Percival and Michael were able to convince all three to enter an alcohol detox program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Editorial: Frequent 911 callers a proper focus again in San Diego," 25 June 2019 Throw in a digital detox and spa indulgence, and you’re right there. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Get off the grid: 30 relaxing Thanksgiving getaways in Texas," 23 Nov. 2019 In one study, hiking (while taking a digital detox) led to a 50 percent jump in creativity. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "How to Travel the World Without Begging for More Vacation Days," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of detox

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of detox was in 1973

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17 Jan 2020

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“Detox.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detox. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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detox

noun
How to pronounce detox (audio)

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 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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