Latin dēlīrium tremēns (literally “trembling madness”), coined by Thomas Sutton in 1813.
delirium tremens (uncountable)
- (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.
- Synonyms: DT, phrenitis (obsolete)
- ^ Thomas Sutton (1813) Tracts on Delirium Tremens, &c., London, page 3: “The name, therefore, which I have adopted, though possibly not the most appropriate, will serve to convey a notion of an essential symptom of the disease, and will be sufficiently explicit for my present purpose.”