delirium tremens


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delirium tre·mens

 (trē′mənz)
n.
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-)
n
(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)
n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delirium tremens - acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning
psychosis - any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted
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delirium tremens

nDelirium tremens nt, → Säuferwahn(sinn) m
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I think I must have covered my face with my hands to shut out the horrible illusion, if such it was, and Jo.'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. That was always his word.
I suggested to him that we should take Mrs Crick's kind present to the children of the man who can earn nothing just now because of his attacks of delirium tremens; and he agreed that it would be a great pleasure to them; so we did."
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?
Abel in connection with Lydgate's certificate, that the death was due to delirium tremens; and the medical gentlemen, who all stood undisturbedly on the old paths in relation to this disease, declared that they could see nothing in these particulars which could be transformed into a positive ground of suspicion.
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. He positively saw snakes now.
At last McCoy got delirium tremens, tied a rock to his neck, and jumped into the sea.
A total of 24 subjects were diagnosed with alcohol-induced psychotic disorders and delirium tremens.
[11] On the basis of this criteria, diagnosis of a presumed WE among alcoholics requires patients having a history or signs of chronic alcohol misuse and any of the following symptoms: Acute confusion (not due to intoxication), delirium tremens, memory disturbances, decreased conscious level, ophthalmoplegia or nystagmus, ataxia (not due to intoxication), or unexplained hypothermia with hypertension should be presumed to have WE.