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diabetes

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noun di·a·be·tes \ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz, -ˈbē-təs\

Simple Definition of diabetes

  • medical : a serious disease in which the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your blood because it does not have enough insulin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diabetes

  1. :  any of various abnormal conditions characterized by the secretion and excretion of excessive amounts of urine; especially :  diabetes mellitus

Origin of diabetes

Latin, from Greek diabētēs diabetes insipidus, from diabainein to walk with the legs apart, cross over


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with diabetes


DIABETES Defined for Kids

diabetes

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noun di·a·be·tes \ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz, -ˈbē-təs\

Definition of diabetes for Students

  1. :  a disease in which too little or no insulin is produced or insulin is produced but cannot be used normally resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood




Medical Dictionary

diabetes

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noun di·a·be·tes \ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz, -ˈbēt-əs\

Medical Definition of diabetes

plural diabetes

  1. :  any of various abnormal conditions characterized by the secretion and excretion of excessive amounts of urine; especially :  diabetes mellitus





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