delirium tremens

noun
delirium tre·​mens | \ -ˈtrē-mənz How to pronounce delirium tremens (audio) , -ˈtre- How to pronounce delirium tremens (audio) \

Definition of delirium tremens

: a violent delirium with tremors that is induced by excessive and prolonged use of alcoholic liquors

called also d.t.'s

Examples of delirium tremens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with cannabis, users essentially eliminate risk of death by liver cirrhosis, delirium tremens, lung cancer and respiratory depression. WSJ, 27 June 2022 If left untreated, delirium tremens can trigger cardiovascular collapse. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 17 May 2022 Around half of all people who have a seizure during alcohol withdrawal will experience delirium tremens, a medical emergency that affects 3 to 5% of people with a history of alcohol abuse. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 17 May 2022 Alcohol withdrawal that progresses to delirium tremens causes intense hallucinations, as well as severe confusion, disorientation, and agitation. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 17 May 2022 As the story’s conclusion approaches, Birnam begins to battle with delirium tremens. The Economist, 30 Nov. 2020 Originally, the idea had come from Italy, where sodium oxybate is used both to treat the delirium tremens of alcohol withdrawal and to wean those with addiction off drinking. Eric Boodman, STAT, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of delirium tremens

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delirium tremens

New Latin, literally, trembling delirium

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“Delirium tremens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirium%20tremens. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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delirium tremens

noun
delirium tre·​mens | \ -ˈtrē-mənz How to pronounce delirium tremens (audio) , -ˈtrem-ənz How to pronounce delirium tremens (audio) \

Medical Definition of delirium tremens

: 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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