[mass noun] A psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.
- ‘The most serious form of withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or ‘DTs.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The most serious acute withdrawal symptoms are seizures and delirium tremens, which most commonly occur with abrupt discontinuation.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from Latin, trembling delirium.