Dictionary.com

detoxification

[ dee-tok-suh-fi-key-shuhn ]
/ diˌtɒk sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
Save This Word!

noun
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.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also de·tox·i·ca·tion [dee-tok-suh-key-shuhn] /diˌtɒk səˈkeɪ ʃən/ .

Origin of detoxification

First recorded in 1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fication

Words nearby detoxification

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use detoxification in a sentence

Medical definitions for detoxification

detoxification
[ dē-tŏk′sə-fĭ-kāshən ]

n.
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK