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diabetic

[dahy-uh-bet-ik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to diabetes or persons having diabetes.
  2. having or resulting from diabetes.
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noun
  1. a person who has diabetes.
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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
  1. of, relating to, or having diabetes
  2. for the use of diabeticsdiabetic chocolate
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noun
  1. a person who has diabetes
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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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diabetic in Medicine

diabetic

(dī′ə-bĕtĭk)
adj.
  1. Relating to, having, or resulting from diabetes.
  2. Intended for use by a person with diabetes.
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n.
  1. One who has diabetes.
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