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diabetes insipidus

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noun diabetes in·sip·i·dus \-in-ˈsi-pə-dəs\

Definition of diabetes insipidus

  1. :  a disorder of the pituitary gland characterized by intense thirst and by the excretion of large amounts of urine



Origin of diabetes insipidus

New Latin, literally, bland diabetes


First Known Use: circa 1846


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diabetes insipidus

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noun diabetes in·sip·i·dus \-in-ˈsip-əd-əs\

Medical Definition of diabetes insipidus

  1. :  a disorder that is caused by insufficient secretion of vasopressin by the pituitary gland or by a failure of the kidneys to respond to circulating vasopressin and that is characterized by intense thirst and by the excretion of large amounts of urine—see central diabetes insipidus, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus




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