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delirium tremens

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noun delirium tre·mens \-ˈtrē-mənz, -ˈtre-\

Definition of delirium tremens

  1. :  a violent delirium with tremors that is induced by excessive and prolonged use of alcoholic liquors —called also d.t.'s



Origin of delirium tremens

New Latin, literally, trembling delirium


First Known Use: 1827


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delirium tremens

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noun delirium tre·mens \-ˈtrē-mənz, -ˈtrem-ənz\

Medical Definition of delirium tremens

  1. :  a violent delirium with tremors that is induced by excessive and prolonged use of alcoholic liquors—called also d.t.'s




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