Definition of Delirium tremens

1. Noun. Acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning.

Exact synonyms: Dts
Generic synonyms: Psychosis



Definition of Delirium tremens

1. Noun. (pathology) A psychosis of chronic alcoholism, usually due to alcohol withdrawal, which can be fatal. Symptoms include sweating, tremors, terrifying hallucinations, insomnia, restlessness, disorientation and anxiety. ¹

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Medical Definition of Delirium tremens

1. A form of acute organic brain syndrome due to alcohol withdrawal, characterised by sweating, tremor, dyspepsia, restlessness, tachycardia, fever, anxiety, chest pains, mental confusion and hallucinations (often tactile----bugs crawling on me) (27 Sep 1997)

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Literary usage of Delirium tremens

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"NOTWITHSTANDING the considerable discussion which the subject has received, the treatment of delirium tremens is very unsatisfactory; and there is little ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"delirium tremens once developed is likely to recur if the habit is continued. ... The prognosis of uncomplicated delirium tremens is relatively good. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1890)
"Urethan has appeared to me too feeble a hypnotic to be of any utility in delirium tremens, and I believe that the same remark is applicable to ..."

4. Études sur la Queste del saint graal attribuée à Gautier Map by Albert Pauphilet, Colonel Bell Burr, Ernst Ziegler, Douglas Symmers (1921)
"delirium tremens.—Acute alcoholic delirium, or delirium tremens, is of sudden onset, though there is frequently an antecedent period of gastric derangement ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1909)
"(3) delirium tremens (mania a potu) is really only an incident in the history of chronic alcoholism, and results from the long-continued action of the ..."

6. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1900)
"... (On the Pathology of delirium tremens). Karl Bonhoeffer (Monatsschrift fiir Psychiatric und Neurologic. V. 4. 1899, p. 265). ..."

7. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1894)
"delirium tremens.—The aim of Dr. Twitchell's paper is to give to delirium tremens its true ... No single drinking-bout ever produced delirium tremens. ..."

8. Diseases of the nervous system: A Text-book of Neurology and Psychiatry by Smith Ely Jelliffe, William Alanson White (1917)
"The symptoms of delirium tremens may come on slowly being preceded by several days of ... delirium tremens, •while an acute manifestation of alcoholism, ..."

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