- any of several disorders characterized by increased urine production.
- Also called diabe·tes mel·li·tus [mel-i-tuh s, muh-lahy-] /ˈmɛl ɪ təs, məˈlaɪ-/. a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism, usually occurring in genetically predisposed individuals, characterized by inadequate production or utilization of insulin and resulting in excessive amounts of glucose in the blood and urine, excessive thirst, weight loss, and in some cases progressive destruction of small blood vessels leading to such complications as infections and gangrene of the limbs or blindness.
- Also called type 1 diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes. a severe form of diabetes mellitus in which insulin production by the beta cells of the pancreas is impaired, usually resulting in dependence on externally administered insulin, the onset of the disease typically occurring before the age of 25.
- Also called type 2 diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, adult-onset diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes. a mild, sometimes asymptomatic form of diabetes mellitus characterized by diminished tissue sensitivity to insulin and sometimes by impaired beta cell function, exacerbated by obesity and often treatable by diet and exercise.
- Also called diabe·tes in·sip·i·dus [in-sip-i-duh s] /ɪnˈsɪp ɪ dəs/. increased urine production caused by inadequate secretion of vasopressin by the pituary gland.
Origin of diabetes
Examples from the Web for diabetes
Some were elderly with underlying conditions like hypertension and diabetes.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
In refined form, sugar (also known as sucrose) has been linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes.
The researchers found that the fake stuff drives the kind of glucose intolerance that can lead to diabetes in human.
These diets are implicated in the development of diabetes, which is a potent risk factor for developing heart disease.
They are much more likely to have metabolic syndrome—a condition that puts you at high risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer of the stomach, tumor of the brain.Life Sentence
It cannot therefore be spread epidemically, any more than diabetes or gout.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Persistent furunculosis is not infrequent in diabetes mellitus.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
There is some evidence of heredity in diabetes—it is likely "to run in a family."The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
He undertook an affair for me, and I gave him advice; he was in the last stage of diabetes.Conscience, Complete
- any of various disorders, esp diabetes mellitus, characterized by excretion of an abnormally large amount of urine
Word Origin and History for diabetes
1560s, from medical Latin diabetes, from late Greek diabetes "excessive discharge of urine" (so named by Aretaeus the Cappadocian, physician of Alexandria, 2c.), literally "a passer-through, siphon," from diabainein "to pass through," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + bainein "to go" (see come).
An old common native name for it was pissing evil. In classical Greek, diabainein meant "to stand or walk with the legs apart," and diabetes meant "a drafting compass," from the position of the legs.
- Any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive discharge of urine and persistent thirst, especially one of the two types of diabetes mellitus.