delirium tremens

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delirium tre·mens

An acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking. It also may occur during an episode of heavy alcohol consumption.

[New Latin dēlīrium tremēns : Latin dēlīrium, delirium + Latin tremēns, trembling.]

delirium tremens

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

delir′ium tre′mens

(ˈtri mənz, -mɛnz)
a withdrawal syndrome occurring in persons who have developed physiological dependence on alcohol, characterized by tremor, hallucinations, and autonomic instability. Also called the d.t.'s.
[1813; < New Latin: trembling delirium]
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Noun1.delirium tremens - acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning
psychosis - any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted

delirium tremens

nDelirium tremens nt, → Säuferwahn(sinn) m
References in classic literature ?
s little white man-of-all-work coming into the room broke the spell, and I walked out of the house with a sort of dazed fear that delirium tremens might be infectious.
After supper pap took the jug, and said he had enough whisky there for two drunks and one delirium tremens.
People were thicker than bees, in those narrow streets, and the men were dressed in all the outrageous, outlandish, idolatrous, extravagant, thunder-and-lightning costumes that ever a tailor with the delirium tremens and seven devils could conceive of.
A ship bound for Australia had sent to the Sailors' Home for a stoker in place of one who had thrown himself overboard off Gibraltar in an attack of delirium tremens.
For her mother being dead, her father, finding himself not likely to recover, after his third attack of delirium tremens, wrote a manly and pathetic letter to Miss Pinkerton, recommending the orphan child to her protection, and so descended to the grave, after two bailiffs had quarrelled over his corpse.
he wondered; and had Captain Bateman's drunken mate died of delirium tremens yet?
He felt her now clinging round his legs, and his terror reached its culminating point, became a sort of intoxication, entertained delusions, acquired the characteristics of delirium tremens.
At last McCoy got delirium tremens, tied a rock to his neck, and jumped into the sea.
Ale lover: Bradley Wiggins is fond of Delirium Tremens, a 8.
Respondents used carbamazepine in patients with previous withdrawals complicated by delirium tremens (n=2) or seizures (n=3), concurrent mood disorders (n=1), epilepsy (n=2) or cardiomyopathy (n=1).
Caption: Alain de Laet of Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium (pictured above) shows off the brewery's modern Steinecker brewhouse, where the company's flagship Delirium Tremens is produced.
After the Golden Age, other "spectacular" syndromes depicted in mental health pictures and popular genres included: conversion disorder ("Freud," 1962); multiple personality disorder ("The Three Faces of Eve," 1957); dissociative disorder ("The Swimmer, 1968"); erotomania/de Clerambault's syndrome ("Fatal Attraction," 1987; "The Story of Adele H," 1975); alcoholic hallucinosis and delirium tremens ("The Lost Weekend," 1945); acute schizophrenia ("The Snake Pit," 1948); and compulsive gambling ("The Lady Gambles," 1949; "California Split," 1974).