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DT

or D.T.

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Slang.
  1. detective.
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delirium tremens

[tree-muh nz, -menz]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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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Origin of delirium tremens

1813; < New Latin: trembling delirium
Also called the d.t.'s.

d.t.'s

[dee-teez]
noun
  1. the, delirium tremens.
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Examples from the Web for dt

Historical Examples

  • It is often known as the Royale dt, and has had various other synonyms.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • There is a suspicion that it may be the Bergamotte dt renamed after a Polish nobleman.

  • The principal events of Israel's past history mentioned in Dt.

    The Bible Period by Period

    Josiah Blake Tidwell

  • Thus the efficiency of the cycle is dvdp ⁄ H, and this by the former definition is dT ⁄ T.

    Lord Kelvin

    Andrew Gray

  • Now suppose dp imposed without change of volume, and dT to be the resulting temperature change.

    Lord Kelvin

    Andrew Gray


British Dictionary definitions for dt

delirium tremens

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

C19: New Latin, literally: trembling delirium
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Word Origin and History for dt

delirium tremens

n.

1813, medical Latin, literally "trembling delirium," introduced 1813 by British physician Thomas Sutton, for "that form of delirium which is rendered worse by bleeding, but improved by opium. By Rayer and subsequent writers it has been almost exclusively applied to delirium resulting from the abuse of alcohol" [Sydenham Society Lexicon of Medicine]. As synonyms, Farmer lists barrel-fever, gallon distemper, blue Johnnies, bottle ache, pink spiders, quart-mania snakes in the boots, triangles, uglies, etc.

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dt in Medicine

DT

abbr.
  1. delirium tremens
  2. duration tetany
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delirium tremens

(trēmənz)
n.
  1. 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.
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dt in Science

delirium tremens

[dĭ-lîrē-əm trēmənz]
  1. 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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