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[noun dee-toks; verb dee-toks] /noun ˈdi tɒks; verb diˈtɒks/ Informal.
verb (used with or without object)
to detoxify.
Origin of detox
An Americanism dating back to 1970-75; by shortening Unabridged
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treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous substances, esp alcohol and drugs
to undergo treatment to rid the body of poisonous substances, esp alcohol and drugs
Word Origin
C20: from (for sense 1) detoxification or (for sense 2) detoxicate
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Word Origin and History for detox

1972 (v.), 1975 (n.), colloquial abbreviation of detoxify, detoxification.

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detox in Medicine

detox de·tox (dē-tŏks')
v. de·toxed, de·tox·ing, de·tox·es
To subject to detoxification. n. (dē'tŏks')
A section of a hospital or clinic in which patients are detoxified.

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Slang definitions & phrases for detox



To free someone of a narcotics addiction; detoxify: I jumped in and out of opium habits but eventually de-toxed for good/ We can detox a heroin addict in three weeks (Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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