delirium tremens

[tree-muh nz, -menz]

noun Pathology.

a withdrawal syndrome occurring in persons who have developed physiological dependence on alcohol, characterized by tremor, visual hallucinations, and autonomic instability. Abbreviation: d.t.

Nearby words

  1. deliquescent,
  2. deliration,
  3. deliriant,
  4. delirious,
  5. delirium,
  6. delis,
  7. delish,
  8. delist,
  9. delitescence,
  10. delitescent

Origin of delirium tremens

1813; < New Latin: trembling delirium

Also called the d.t.'s.

DT

or D.T.

Slang.

d.t.'s

[dee-teez]

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for d.t.

delirium tremens

noun

a severe psychotic condition occurring in some persons with chronic alcoholism, characterized by delirium, tremor, anxiety, and vivid hallucinationsAbbreviation: dt, (informal) DT's

Word Origin for delirium tremens

C19: New Latin, literally: trembling delirium

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Word Origin and History for d.t.
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Medicine definitions for d.t.

delirium tremens

[trēmənz]

n.

An acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking and that is characterized by sweating, trembling, anxiety, confusion, and hallucinations.

DT

abbr.

delirium tremens
duration tetany

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Science definitions for d.t.

delirium tremens

[dĭ-lîrē-əm trēmənz]

An acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking or an episode of heavy alcohol consumption. It is characterized by trembling, sweating, acute anxiety, confusion, and hallucinations.
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