[ 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.

Words nearby detoxification

Also de·tox·i·ca·tion [dee-tok-suh-key-shuh n] /diˌtɒk səˈkeɪ ʃən/.

Origin of detoxification

First recorded in 1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fication Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for detoxication

[ dē-tŏk′sə-fĭ-kāshən ]


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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