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Examples of detoxify in a Sentence
a special tea that is supposed to detoxify the body
a drug addict who is being detoxified
Recent Examples of detoxify from the Web
This detoxifying treatment boasts clary sage, eucalyptus, and sweet almond oils to fortify and rejuvenate your hair from root to tip.
Such measures helped to detoxify the party among young and metropolitan voters, says Nick Boles, a Conservative backbencher and a minister under Mr Cameron.
Both act as skin-detoxifying products (thanks to charcoal), and work in conjunction with the brand's already-available Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator.
One fascinating compound in kale is glucosinolates, which function as natural pesticides in plants but that in the human body stimulate the liver to detoxify harmful compounds.
The best thing about luxuriating at the hammam is how your skin is detoxified because of all the scrubbing and exfoliating within the steaming walls.
Between purifying cleansers, low-level acids, and detoxifying masks, there are plenty of solutions for exfoliating your way to better texture.
Having done so much to retoxify the Tory brand with her (largely vain) pursuit of Brexit-supporting working-class voters, Mrs May has a duty to detoxify it again by producing a more diverse cabinet.
Any pregnant woman who is addicted to opioids is encouraged to seek medically assisted treatment or to get help safely detoxifying, and to get additional therapy.
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Did You Know?
These days, detoxify can mean to free (someone) from a substance addiction (and yes, it's the source of detox, a more recent word that also refers to getting drugs or alcohol out of a person's system). Originally, however, detoxification was something done to things rather than to people. In its earliest uses - from about 1905 - detoxify referred to the removal of poison, or of poisonous or damaging properties, from a harmful substance, or to the removal of poisonous or toxic substances from something contaminated (such as the bloodstream).The specific application to removing poison from an addict is relatively new, dating to the mid-20th century. Today, detoxify is also often used generally in reference to counteracting the activity or effect of anything harmful (such as propaganda).
First Known Use of detoxify
DETOXIFY Defined for English Language Learners
medical Definition of detoxify
- the clinic started detoxifying him by gradually lowering his dosage
- —J. M. Markham
detoxificationplay \(ˌ)dē-ˌtäk-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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