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delirium tremens

[ dih-leer-ee-uhm tree-muhnz, -menz ]
/ dɪˈlɪər i əm ˈtri mənz, -mɛnz /
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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.
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Also called the d.t.'s [thuh-dee-teez] /ðə ˈdiˈtiz/ .

Origin of delirium tremens

First recorded in 1813; from New Latin: “trembling delirium”

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British Dictionary definitions for delirium tremens

delirium tremens
/ (ˈtrɛmɛnz, ˈtriː-) /

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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Scientific definitions for delirium tremens

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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