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diabetes mellitus

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noun diabetes mel·li·tus \-ˈme-lə-təs\

Definition of diabetes mellitus

  1. :  a variable disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors and usually characterized by inadequate secretion or utilization of insulin, by excessive urine production, by excessive amounts of sugar in the blood and urine, and by thirst, hunger, and loss of weight — compare type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes



Origin and Etymology of diabetes mellitus

New Latin, literally, honey-sweet diabetes


First Known Use: 1830


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diabetes mellitus

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noun diabetes mel·li·tus \-ˈmel-ət-əs\

Medical Definition of diabetes mellitus

  1. :  a variable disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors and usually characterized by inadequate secretion or utilization of insulin, by excessive urine production, by excessive amounts of sugar in the blood and urine, and by thirst, hunger, and loss of weight—see type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes




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