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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
Elsewhere, model Marte Mei van Haaster did just that, trading Fanning's rubbery sheet mask for a slathering of detoxifying mud that made for a kiln-ready capture.
The second-place award of $125,000 went to David Hamilton of The Nature Conservancy in Lansing, Michigan, who proposed a lock system where water would be treated with chlorine to kill fish and other organisms, then detoxified.
Following treatment, sodium bisulfate would be used to detoxify the water before it was released back into the river.
Reddit is trying mightily to detoxify the internet, says the New Yorker.
The liver is involved in detoxifying the blood and toxins in the blood affect the brain.
This holistic treatment is said to detoxify, improve your skin, fight allergies, and totally zen you out.
Saunas have taken off big time, as sweating is the only proven way to detoxify the body of harmful chemicals.
The detoxifying ingredient purges pores with an almost magnetic-like effect, cleansing skin of dirt, oil, and grime.
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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).
DETOXIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detoxify for English Language Learners
: to remove a poisonous or harmful substance from (something)
: to cause (someone) to stop using drugs or alcohol by providing special help and treatment
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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