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[n. dee-toks; v. dee-toks] /n. ˈdi tɒks; v. diˈtɒks/ Informal.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to detoxify.
Origin of detox
1970-75, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for detox
  • Not surprisingly, addicts of stronger stuff have it worse: the mere sight of a needle can undo years of heroin detox.
  • The way to quit is to go through what is known as medical detox.
  • Drug detox programmes will be extended to the third of addicted prisoners not currently treated.
  • Make sure the next day to try to recuperate with local waters and a good detox diet.
  • Millions worldwide do water cleanses and detox and drink extremely high amounts of water.
  • It's a detox and wellness retreat center that offers yoga as well as meditation and vegetarian foods.
  • It's a six-week opportunity to relax and detox: a finite break from rich foods and loud music.
  • The pilots also created secure detox facilities to hold involuntarily detained individuals.
  • In other words, detox in jail or prison alone is not enough treatment.
  • detox admissions are strictly governed by specific state statutes and are time limited.
British Dictionary definitions for detox


treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous substances, esp alcohol and drugs
to undergo treatment to rid the body of poisonous substances, esp alcohol and drugs
Word Origin
C20: from (for sense 1) detoxification or (for sense 2) detoxicate
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Word Origin and History for detox

1972 (v.), 1975 (n.), colloquial abbreviation of detoxify, detoxification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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detox in Medicine

detox de·tox (dē-tŏks')
v. de·toxed, de·tox·ing, de·tox·es
To subject to detoxification. n. (dē'tŏks')
A section of a hospital or clinic in which patients are detoxified.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for detox



To free someone of a narcotics addiction; detoxify: I jumped in and out of opium habits but eventually de-toxed for good/ We can detox a heroin addict in three weeks (Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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