[ tree-muh nz, -menz ]
/ ˈtri mənz, -mɛnz /
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.
Origin of delirium tremens
1813; < New Latin: trembling delirium
Words nearby delirium tremens
Definition for dts (2 of 2)
[ dee-teez ]
/ ˈdiˈtiz /
the, delirium tremens.
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British Dictionary definitions for dts
/ (ˈtrɛmɛnz, ˈtriː-) /
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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Medical definitions for dts
[ trē′mənz ]
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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Scientific definitions for dts
[ dĭ-lîr′ē-əm trē′mənz ]
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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