Definition of delirium tremens in English:

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delirium tremens

Pronunciation: /dəˌlirēəm ˈtremənz/


A psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.
Example sentences
  • Major alcohol withdrawal or delirium tremens typically begins within 48 to 72 hours of the last drink, with peaking of symptoms on days 4 and 5.
  • The most serious form of withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or ‘DTs.’
  • The most serious acute withdrawal symptoms are seizures and delirium tremens, which most commonly occur with abrupt discontinuation.


Early 19th century: from Latin, 'trembling delirium'.

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Syllabification: de·lir·i·um tre·mens

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