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[in-tok-si-key-shuh n]
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  1. inebriation; drunkenness.
  2. an act or instance of intoxicating.
  3. overpowering exhilaration or excitement of the mind or emotions.
  4. Pathology. poisoning.
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Origin of intoxication

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātiōn- (stem of intoxicātiō) a poisoning. See intoxicate, -ion
Related formsself-in·tox·i·ca·tion, nounsem·i-in·tox·i·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intoxication


  1. drunkenness; inebriation
  2. great elation
  3. the act of intoxicating
  4. poisoning
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Word Origin and History for intoxication


c.1400, intoxigacion "poisoning," from Medieval Latin intoxicationem (nominative intoxicatio) "poisoning," noun of action from past participle stem of intoxicare (see intoxicate). Meaning "drunkenness" is from 1640s.

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intoxication in Medicine


  1. The pathological state produced by a drug, serum, alcohol, or any toxic substance; poisoning.
  2. Acute alcoholism.
  3. A state of mental excitement or emotional frenzy.
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