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

Definition of diabetes

  1. :  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

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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

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

Definition of diabetes for Students

  1. :  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


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

Medical Definition of diabetes

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diabetes

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



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