diabetes

noun
di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbē-təs How to pronounce diabetes (audio) \

Definition of diabetes

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

Examples of diabetes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study found the diet can inhibit production of inflammatory chemicals that can lead to loss of cognitive function, and prevent the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome," 17 Feb. 2020 The majority of patients have chronic conditions such as diabetes and rely on the clinic for medication. Kaila White, azcentral, "Nonprofit asking for help after mobile medical clinic destroyed in Maryvale fire," 12 Feb. 2020 People who are obese face heightened risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and certain types of cancers, among other conditions. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 Medical conditions requiring ongoing treatment, such as diabetes, can be financially ruinous, and cancer is more or less a death sentence. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 2020 More rural residents live with chronic conditions, like diabetes, that affect their daily lives, and there is a higher percentage of older residents. NBC News, "Coping with loss of hospital, rural town realizes: We don't need one," 27 Dec. 2019 Compared to other vaping illness patients, those who went back to the hospital were more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or other breathing problems such as sleep apnea. Author: Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Vast majority’ of vaping illnesses blamed on vitamin E acetate," 21 Dec. 2019 Compared to other vaping illness patients, those who went back to the hospital were more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or other breathing problems such as sleep apnea. Washington Post, "‘Vast majority’ of vaping illnesses blamed on vitamin E," 20 Dec. 2019 The researchers point to a number of potential culprits: Drug overdoses, suicides, and organ system diseases (the kinds of disorders affecting the heart and lungs, or potentially linked with conditions such as diabetes). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "American Life Expectancy Is Still Dropping. But Why?," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of diabetes

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetes

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

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The first known use of diabetes was in the 15th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Diabetes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetes. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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diabetes

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English Language Learners 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

diabetes

noun
di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbē-təs \

Kids Definition of diabetes

: 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

diabetes

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di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbēt-əs How to pronounce diabetes (audio) \
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Medical Definition of diabetes

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

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