Definition: Diabetes

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From Latin diabētēs (siphon), from Ancient Greek διαβήτης or diabḗtēs, from Ancient Greek διαβαίνω or diabaínō (to pass through).


diabetes (uncountable)

  1. Diabetes mellitus; any of a group of metabolic diseases whereby a person (or other animal) has high blood sugar due to an inability to produce, or inability to metabolize, sufficient quantities of the hormone insulin.
  2. Diabetes insipidus; any condition characterized by excessive or incontinent urine, now specifically as caused by impaired production of, or response to, the antidiuretic hormone vasopressin.

Derived terms

  • adult-onset diabetes
  • diabetes insipidus
  • diabetes mellitus
  • gestational diabetes
  • juvenile diabetes
  • prediabetes
  • sugar diabetes
  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes

Related terms

  • diabetic


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