Pronunciation: (dē-tok"su-fi-kā'shun), [key]
1. Biochem.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,de•tox"i•ca'tion.
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