- 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 de·tox·i·ca·tion [dee-tok-suh-key-shuh n] /diˌtɒk səˈkeɪ ʃən/.
Origin of detoxification
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Word Origin and History for detoxication
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of detoxifying.
- The state or condition of being detoxified.
- The metabolic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body.
- 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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