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 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, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Delirium tremens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirium%20tremens. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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