detoxify

[dee-tok-suh-fahy]
verb (used with object), detoxified, detoxifying.
1.
to rid of poison or the effect of poison.
2.
to treat (a person addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of detoxification.
verb (used without object), detoxified, detoxifying.
3.
to undergo detoxification.

Origin:
1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fy

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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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detoxify
1905, from from de- + toxic + -fy. Earlier in the same sense was detoxicate (1867).
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detoxify de·tox·i·fy (dē-tŏk'sə-fī')
v. de·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing, de·tox·i·fies

  1. To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of a substance.

  2. To remove the effects of poison from something, such as the blood.

  3. To treat a person for alcohol or drug dependence, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of intoxicating or addictive substances.

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Example sentences
Many mammals have enzymes in their digestive tract that detoxify plants that would otherwise be harmful.
Without glutathione, the body's ability to detoxify itself is greatly impaired, leading to oxidative stress.
Bacteria can detoxify chemicals in which heavy metals are present, though they cannot get rid of the heavy metals themselves.
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