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delirium tremens

[tree-muh nz, -menz] /ˈtri mənz, -mɛnz/
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.
Also called the d.t.'s.
Origin
1813
1813; < Neo-Latin: trembling delirium
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British Dictionary definitions for delirium tremens

delirium tremens

/ˈtrɛmɛnz; ˈtriː-/
noun
1.
a severe psychotic condition occurring in some persons with chronic alcoholism, characterized by delirium, tremor, anxiety, and vivid hallucinations Abbreviation dt, (informal) DT's
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, literally: trembling delirium
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Word Origin and History for 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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delirium tremens in Medicine

delirium tremens delirium tre·mens (trē'mənz)
n.
Abbr. DT
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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delirium tremens
  (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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