Definition of delirium tremens in English:

delirium tremens

Pronunciation /dəˌlirēəm ˈtremənz/ /dəˌlɪriəm ˈtrɛmənz/

Translate delirium tremens into Spanish


  • A psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘With excessive intake the person may show widespread shaking, the Latin name for this being delirium tremens - a very serious condition.’
    • ‘Rum fits or delirium tremens (DT's) have had a death rate of 20% in the past but, with prompt appropriate treatment, mortality should now be much lower.’
    a fit of trembling, delirium tremens, tremors


Early 19th century from Latin, ‘trembling delirium’.