Origin of diabetes
British Dictionary definitions for diabetes mellitus (1 of 2)
Word Origin for diabetes mellitus
British Dictionary definitions for diabetes mellitus (2 of 2)
Word Origin for diabetes
Word Origin and History for diabetes mellitus
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.
Medicine definitions for diabetes mellitus (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for diabetes mellitus (2 of 2)
Science definitions for diabetes mellitus
Culture definitions for diabetes mellitus
A chronic disease in which carbohydrates cannot be metabolized properly (see metabolism) because the pancreas fails to secrete an adequate amount of insulin. Without enough insulin, carbohydrate metabolism is upset, and levels of sugar in the blood rise.