delirium tremens[trē′mənz, trem′ənz]
a violent delirium resulting chiefly from excessive drinking of alcoholic liquor and characterized by sweating, trembling, anxiety, and frightening hallucinations
Origin of delirium tremensModern Latin (1813), literally , trembling delirium
An acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking. It also may occur during an episode of heavy alcohol consumption.
Origin of delirium tremensNew Latin dēlīrium tremēns : Latin dēlīrium, delirium + Latin tremēns, trembling.