from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of.
- transitive v. To remove the effects of poison from.
- transitive v. To treat (an individual) for alcohol or drug dependence, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of intoxicating or addictive substances.
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- v. To remove foreign and harmful substances from something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to remove poison from; to rid of the effects of poison.
- transitive v. to render (a poisonous substance) non-toxic or harmless.
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- v. remove poison from
- v. treat for alcohol or drug dependence
A 2007 University of Texas study review concluded that not only does melatonin detoxify harmful, cancer-causing free radicals, but in doing so it actually creates more antioxidants.
From the first moment of his election as party leader in December 2005, David Cameron's driving force was to "detoxify" the Conservative brand.
Muhammad took over Lee's life in every way, feeding him with as many as 70 pills a day, food supplements of various kinds, including something called Great Plains Bentonite Detox, which uses an active ingredient of cat litter to "detoxify" one's bowels.
Cameron's first task as leader was to "detoxify" the Conservative brand.
It's part of the Conservatives 'effort to' 'detoxify' 'the party, to purge the traces of
Opponents dismiss the idea as spin designed to hide a traditional right-wing agenda of spending cuts, "detoxify" the center-right Conservatives 'image and help keep them in power.
In forming the coalition, he saved his leadership, temporarily, and, it is claimed, seized the opportunity to begin to 'detoxify' his party from the unreconstructed Thatcherite right.
In contrast, two out of three (66 per cent) understood what the Tories represented after David Cameron's drive to "detoxify" his party's brand.
One researcher, who investigated a well-known face wash which claimed to 'detoxify' the skin by removing toxins, said the 'toxins' turned out to be the usual dirt, make-up and skin oils that any cleanser would be expected to remove.
The row was seen as damaging to the Conservatives 'attempts to "detoxify" their public image on health; but Mr Cameron is said to be "confident" that he can prove his commitment to the NHS in the run up to the general election.