detoxification

[dee-tok-suh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
Biochemistry. the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.
2.
the act of detoxifying.
3.
the state of being detoxified.
4.
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.


Origin:
1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fication

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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
 
detoxifi'cation
 
n

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detoxification
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)
n.

  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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