from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
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- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a violent delirium induced by the excessive and prolonged use of intoxicating liquors.
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- n. acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning
New Latin dēlīrium tremēns : Latin dēlīrium, delirium + Latin tremēns, trembling.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)