- To reduce or eliminate the toxicity of a substance or poison. To promote the recovery of a person from an addictive drug such as alcohol or heroin.
* * *SYN: detoxicate.
* * *1 a) to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such fromb) to render (a harmful substance) harmless2) to free (as a drug user or an alcoholic) from an intoxicating or an addictive substance in the body or from dependence on or addiction to such a substance <the clinic started \detoxifying him by gradually lowering his dosage (J. M. Markham)> vi to become free of addiction to a drug or alcoholde·tox·i·fi·ca·tion (.)dē-.täk-sə-fə-'kā-shən n
* * *de·tox·i·fy (de-tokґsĭ-fi) to remove the toxic quality of a substance.
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detoxify — v. t. 1. to remove poison from; to rid of the effects of poison. Syn: detoxicate. [WordNet 1.5] 2. to render (a poisonous substance) non toxic or harmless. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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detoxify — [[t]diːtɒ̱ksɪfaɪ[/t]] detoxifies, detoxifying, detoxified 1) VERB To detoxify something means to remove all the poisonous or harmful substances from it. [V n] Seaweed baths can help to detoxify the body. 2) VERB To detoxify a poisonous substance… … English dictionary
detoxify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Date: circa 1905 1. a. to remove a harmful substance (as a poison or toxin) or the effect of such from b. to render (a harmful substance) harmless 2. to free (as a drug user or an alcoholic) from an intoxicating or… … New Collegiate Dictionary
detoxify — /dee tok seuh fuy/, v., detoxified, detoxifying. v.t. 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. v.i. 3. to undergo detoxification. [1900 05; DETOXI(CATE) +… … Universalium
detoxify — verb To remove foreign and harmful substances from something. See Also: detoxification … Wiktionary
detoxify — deÂ·toxÂ·iÂ·fy || â€šdiË tÉ’ksÉªfaÉª v. remove toxins, remove poisons; rehabilitate a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol … English contemporary dictionary
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