[noun dee-toks; verb dee-toks]Informal.


verb (used with or without object)

Origin of detox

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for detox

crash, detoxification

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British Dictionary definitions for detox



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 for detox

C20: from (for sense 1) detoxification or (for sense 2) detoxicate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for detox

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

detox in Medicine




To subject to detoxification.


A section of a hospital or clinic in which patients are detoxified.
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