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, detoxication.

1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fication Unabridged
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detoxify (diːˈtɒksɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to remove poison from; detoxicate
2.  to treat (a person) for alcoholism or drug addiction

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Word Origin & History

1905, of substances, 1971 of persons who drink to excess, from detoxify.
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detoxification de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion (dē-tŏk'sə-fĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The process of detoxifying.

  2. The state or condition of being detoxified.

  3. The metabolic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body.

  4. 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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Example sentences
Detoxification is the gradual withdrawal of an abused substance in a controlled environment.
She was hospitalized for detoxification, after which she voluntarily entered a psychiatric facility for further treatment.
More rigorous fasts, such as a water-only fast, should only be undertaken by those experienced in fasting and detoxification.
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