diabetes

noun di·a·be·tes \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz , -ˈbē-təs \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of diabetes

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


DIABETES Defined for English Language Learners

diabetes

noun

Definition of diabetes for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

diabetes

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

Definition of diabetes for Students

: 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

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

medical Definition of diabetes

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


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