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insulin resistance

noun

Definition of insulin resistance

  1. :  reduced sensitivity to insulin by the body's insulin-dependent processes (as glucose uptake and lipolysis) that is typical of type 2 diabetes but often occurs in the absence of diabetes



1965

First Known Use of insulin resistance

1965


Medical Dictionary

insulin resistance

noun

Medical Definition of insulin resistance

  1. :  reduced sensitivity to insulin by the body's insulin-dependent processes (as glucose uptake, lipolysis, and inhibition of glucose production by the liver) that results in lowered activity of these processes or an increase in insulin production or both and that is typical of type 2 diabetes but often occurs in the absence of diabetes




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