Definition of delirium tremens in English:

delirium tremens

Pronunciation /dɪˌlɪrɪəmˈtrɛmɛnz//dɪˌlɪrɪəmˈtriːmɛnz/


mass noun
  • A psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.

    • ‘Rum fits or delirium tremens (DT's) have had a death rate of 20% in the past but, with prompt appropriate treatment, mortality should now be much lower.’
    • ‘With excessive intake the person may show widespread shaking, the Latin name for this being delirium tremens - a very serious condition.’
    • ‘Major alcohol withdrawal or delirium tremens typically begins within 48 to 72 hours of the last drink, with peaking of symptoms on days 4 and 5.’
    • ‘The most serious form of withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or ‘DTs.’’
    • ‘The most serious acute withdrawal symptoms are seizures and delirium tremens, which most commonly occur with abrupt discontinuation.’
    a fit of trembling, tremors
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Early 19th century: from Latin, ‘trembling delirium’.


delirium tremens