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  • noun biochemistry Any metabolic process by which the toxicity of a material is reduced
  • noun medicine Any treatment of a patient suffering from poisoning that promotes physiological process to reduce the effects


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  • Now I prefer to use the word "detoxication" which makes no reference to the method of action.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture 1967

  • NATURAL ANTIDOTE Strengthening liver function; detoxication

    Forever Young M.D. Nicholas Perricone 2010

  • Blood leaving the liver is eventually distributed to all other areas of the body; however, much of the absorbed xenobiotic has undergone detoxication or bioactivation.

    Biotransformation 2008

  • Under suchconditions, tannins may be absorbed by the animal and result in liver and kidney damage if the physiological detoxication mechanisms are inadequate to cope with the influx.

    Chapter 4 1994

  • The reduction of 99 percent in the linamarin content of grated cassava within 6 hours of adding water, with little or no change in the pH of the mash, would imply that fermentation had nothing to do with the detoxication.

    12 Cassava Processing in Africa 1992

  • Although fermentation does not aid in cassava detoxication during processing, it is important in flavor development (11,12) and preservation of the product.

    12 Cassava Processing in Africa 1992

  • Cassava detoxication during processing is essentially an enzymic hydrolysis of cyanogens in cassava (1,2,8).

    12 Cassava Processing in Africa 1992

  • I imagine, in fact, that, as regards chemical analysis, the antitoxic and the toxic protein stay exactly the same after detoxication as before; what changes is simply the activated condition; in the same way as the conductors of positive and negative electricity, before and after compensation of their active conditions, remain the same substances in terms of chemical analysis.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture 1967

  • After inactivation of the diphtheria poison, or in other words after the detoxication of the body fluids by the addition of diphtheria antitoxin, the dyscrasia is overcome; in its place appears, so to say, a eucrasia.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture 1967

  • It has an anti-infectious action brought about by internal disinfection, but is, in this respect, in contrast to the anti-bacterial disinfectant treatment methods which, for example, can be carried out in laboratory experiments with the aid of the R. Pfeiffer's bacteriolysin; because its activity is only detoxication, we call it antitoxic.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture 1967


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