Definition of detoxify in English:

detoxify

Syllabification: de·tox·i·fy
Pronunciation: /dēˈtäksəˌfī
 
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verb (detoxifies, detoxifying, detoxified)

[with object]
  • 1Remove toxic substances or qualities from: the process uses chemical reagents to detoxify the oil
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    • The body has developed various mechanisms to detoxify the toxic substances.
    • This discovery bears tremendous significance for the bioremediation industry, as it is the first bacterium isolated that can detoxify vinyl chloride outside of laboratory conditions.
    • As for why the borer is able to withstand caffeine's toxic effects, there are some yeasts that detoxify chemicals, creating an edible food source for insects.
  • 1.1 (usually be detoxified) Treat (an alcoholic or drug addict) to remove the effects of drink or drugs in order to help them overcome addiction: he was twice detoxified from heroin
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    • Approximately ten to 15 patients a month chose to detoxify from heroin addiction exclusively by means of acupuncture.
    • Alcohol is frequently used by GHB abusers in an attempt to detoxify themselves from GHB; in the case of BD, alcohol may actually exacerbate and extend BD's toxic effects.
    • Most ambulatory patients with alcohol dependence can be detoxified quickly and safely without the use of psychoactive drugs.
  • 1.2 [no object] Abstain from drink and drugs until the bloodstream is free of toxins in order to overcome alcoholism or drug addiction.
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    • Male patients with alcohol dependence (DSM III R criteria) were chosen and detoxified in an inpatient setting.
    • At the time of writing 50% of the clients that detoxified from methadone are believed to still be free of opiates.
    • Judge Dunne suspended the last 18 months of the sentence due to mitigating factors like Kenny's attempts to detoxify and his job after jail.
  • 1.3 [no object] Become free of poisonous substances or qualities: you can help your body detoxify by cutting down on coffee
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    • But it's important to remember that our bodies are constantly detoxifying, not just when we say so.
    • An electrically powered vacuum massage is used to help the body detoxify, release excess fluid, and increase circulation and metabolic rate.
    • Wheatgrass is believed to be a wonderful cleanser and rejuvenator, helping the body detoxify.

Derivatives

detoxifier

noun
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  • There are many types of free radicals, and all have specific detoxifiers.
  • In his book Staying Healthy with Nutrition, Dr. Haas writes, ‘water is possibly the most important detoxifier.’
  • Cabbage is a great detoxifier, stimulates the immune system and its disinfectant action is particularly effective in the respiratory tract.

Origin

early 20th century: from de- (expressing removal) + Latin toxicum 'poison' + -fy.

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