intransitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to remove a poison or poisonous effect from (something)
- to undergo or cause to undergo withdrawal from drug or alcohol addiction, usually by means of a specific program of treatment
Origin of detoxifyde- + toxi(n) + -fy
transitive verbde·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing, de·tox·i·fies
- To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of: drugs that are detoxified by the liver.
- To remove a toxic substance or the effects of such a substance from: soaked the cassava to detoxify it.
- To treat (an individual) for alcohol or drug intoxication, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of toxic substances and manage withdrawal symptoms.
Origin of detoxifyde- toxi(c) -fy
(third-person singular simple present detoxifies, present participle detoxifying, simple past and past participle detoxified)