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March 20, 2002 - 12:06 a.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
Damn mail.com and it's tendency to log me out every time I try to log in. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! And that's all I have to say tonight. I'm really frigging tired. I'm going to go to bed now...or soon...or something. Blargh.
detoxify (v. dee-TAHK-suh-fye)
1 : to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such from
2 : to free (as a drug user) from an intoxicating or addictive substance or from dependence on it
3 : neutralize
These days, detoxify can mean to free (someone) from a substance addiction (and, yes, it's the source of detox, a more recent word that also refers to getting drugs or alcohol out of a person's system). Originally, however, detoxification was something done to things rather than to people. In its earliest uses -- from about 1905 -- detoxify referred to the removal of poison, or of poisonous or damaging properties, from a harmful substance, or to the removal of poisonous or toxic substances from something contaminated (such as the bloodstream). The specific application to removing poison from an addict is relatively new, dating to approximately 1965. Today, detoxify is also often used generally in reference to counteracting the activity or effect of anything harmful (such as propaganda).
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