delirium-tremens

delirium tremens

[tree-muhnz, -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.
Also called the d.t.'s.


Origin:
1813; < Neo-Latin: trembling delirium

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delirium tremens (ˈtrɛmɛnz, ˈtriː-)
 
n
dt, Abbreviation: DT's a severe psychotic condition occurring in some persons with chronic alcoholism, characterized by delirium, tremor, anxiety, and vivid hallucinations
 
[C19: New Latin, literally: trembling delirium]

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delirium tremens
1813, medical L., lit. "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"
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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)  Pronunciation Key 
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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