[ Detoxification, Detox ]
The physiological or [ Medicine, Medical Treatment ] The therapeutic practise of diagnosing and treating injury or disease. A drug or nutrient preparation prescribed for the treatment, or prevention of injury or disease. More removal of [ Toxic ] Causing harm to living organisms, usually by interfering with normal metabolic function. Poisonous. See: Toxicity More substances from a living organism, carried out mainly by the liver and kidneys.
Medically, detoxification can be achieved by decontamination of poison ingestion and the use of antidotes as well as techniques such as dialysis or chelation therapy.
Detoxification can also refer to the period of withdrawal from exposure to toxic substances to allow the organism to return to homeostasis after long-term exposure to a substance, such as recovery from [ Addiction ] Physical or mental dependence on a rewarding stimuli. Stimuli may come from a substance or activity and addictive behaviour is characterised by the obsessively engagement in such stimuli, despite adverse repercussions. More or prolonged exposure to environmental [ Toxicant ] A toxic substance made by humans or introduced into the environment by human activity. Compare: Toxin More.