[dee-tok-suh-fi-key-shuh n]


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

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

Related Words for detoxification

crash, detox, detoxification

Examples from the Web for detoxification

Contemporary Examples of detoxification

  • According to Alireza, detoxification is a long process, lasting about three weeks.

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    Iran’s Drinking Problem


    August 16, 2014

  • Americans spend millions of dollars a year on “cleansing and detoxification” products.

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    Hollywood's New Hot Diet

    Alexandra Polier

    April 8, 2009

  • Detoxification is never a pleasant experience, as any addict can attest.

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    The Other Market Casualty

    William D. Cohan

    October 10, 2008

Word Origin and History for detoxification

1905, of substances, 1971 of persons who drink to excess; see detoxify + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

detoxification in Medicine




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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