Sir Frederick Grant,1891–1941, Canadian physician: one of the discoverers of insulin; Nobel Prize 1923.
(often lowercase) Bantingism.



verb (used without object) Medicine/Medical.

to lose weight by practicing Bantingism.

Origin of bant

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from Banting



noun, plural ban·tengs, (especially collectively) ban·ting.

a wild ox, Bos banteng (javanicus), of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, resembling the domestic cow: now greatly reduced in number.
Also ban·ting [bahn-ting] /ˈbɑn tɪŋ/.

Origin of banteng

< Indonesian Malay banténg < Javanese banṭéng Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for banting

Historical Examples of banting

  • He married Buda's sister, who walked to Banting for instruction.

  • As for Lorna, she's been banting in preparation; she hardly took any dinner.

  • She had had no previous experience with "banting" of any sort.

  • Not so bad, after all, this banting at Marienbad, he reflected.


    James Huneker

  • I know—and I am banting—and exercising, and rolling downstairs and all that.

    Ptomaine Street

    Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for banting



obsolete slimming by avoiding eating sugar, starch, and fat

Word Origin for banting

C19: named after William Banting (1797–1878), London undertaker who popularized this diet



Sir Frederick Grant . 1891–1941, Canadian physiologist: discovered the insulin treatment for diabetes with Best and Macleod (1922) and shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine with Macleod (1923)


noun Lancashire dialect

strength or springiness of material

Word Origin for bant

probably a dialect pronunciation of band ²
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Word Origin and History for banting



system for weight loss through diet control, named for William Banting (1797-1878), English undertaker who invented it, tested it himself, and promoted it in his 1863 booklet "Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public." Although the word is a surname, it was used like a verbal noun in -ing. ("She is banting").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

banting in Medicine


[băntĭng]Sir Frederick Grant 1891-1941

Canadian physiologist. He shared a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin.
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banting in Science


[băntĭng]Sir Frederick Grant 1891-1941

Canadian physician who with the Scottish physiologist John Macleod won a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the hormone insulin. Banting and his assistant Charles Best experimented on diabetic dogs, demonstrating that insulin lowered their blood sugar. Insulin was tested and proven effective on humans within months of the first experiments with dogs. In acknowledgment of Best's work, Banting gave him a share of his portion of the Nobel Prize.
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