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[dee-tok-suh-fi-key-shuh n] /diˌtɒk sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
Biochemistry. the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.
the act of detoxifying.
the state of being detoxified.
a period of medical treatment, usually including counseling, during which a person is helped to overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs.
Also, detoxication [dee-tok-suh-key-shuh n] /diˌtɒk səˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA).
Origin of detoxification
First recorded in 1900-05; detoxi(cate) + -fication Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1905, of substances, 1971 of persons who drink to excess; see detoxify + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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detoxification in Medicine

detoxification de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion (dē-tŏk'sə-fĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The process of detoxifying.

  2. The state or condition of being detoxified.

  3. The metabolic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body.

  4. A medically supervised treatment program for alcohol or drug addiction designed to purge the body of intoxicating or addictive substances and used as a first step in overcoming physiological or psychological addiction.

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