verb (used with object), de·tox·i·cat·ed, de·tox·i·cat·ing.

Origin of detoxicate

1865–70; de- + Latin toxic(um) poison (see toxic) + -ate1
Related formsde·tox·i·cant [dee-tok-si-kuh nt] /diˈtɒk sɪ kənt/, adjective, nounde·tox·i·ca·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for detoxicate


verb (tr)

to rid (a patient) of a poison or its effects
to counteract (a poison)
Derived Formsdetoxicant, adjective, noundetoxication, noun

Word Origin for detoxicate

C19: de- + -toxicate, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for detoxicate

1867; see de- + toxic + -ate (2). Specifically of drug and alcohol addictions since 1970.

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Medicine definitions for detoxicate




To detoxify.
Related formsde•tox′i•cation n.
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