diabetic

[dahy-uh-bet-ik]
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adjective

of or relating to diabetes or persons having diabetes.
having or resulting from diabetes.

noun

a person who has diabetes.

Origin of diabetic

First recorded in 1790–1800; diabet(es) + -ic
Related formsan·ti·di·a·bet·ic, adjectivenon·di·a·bet·ic, adjectiveun·di·a·bet·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diabetic

diabetic

adjective

of, relating to, or having diabetes
for the use of diabeticsdiabetic chocolate

noun

a person who has diabetes

usage

Rather than talking about a diabetic or diabetics, it is better to talk about a person with diabetes, people with diabetes
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Word Origin and History for diabetic
adj.

1799; see diabetes + -ic. From 1840 as a noun.

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Medicine definitions for diabetic

diabetic

[dī′ə-bĕtĭk]

adj.

Relating to, having, or resulting from diabetes.
Intended for use by a person with diabetes.

n.

One who has diabetes.
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