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

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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In addition, 99 percent of counselors, by Straight’s estimate, have diabetes and were campers here themselves. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "This NC summer camp caters to kids with diabetes," 21 June 2018 It has been invoked as an explanation for rising rates in the rich world of autoimmune disorders such as type-1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and allergies. The Economist, "Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia," 24 May 2018 Finding out that diagnosis and accepting that diagnosis, taking my medicine, is like someone that had diabetes and is taking their medicine every day. Bruce Feldman, SI.com, "Johnny Manziel Opens Up: 'This Isn’t the Second Chance. This Is the 35th Chance'," 23 Mar. 2018 In a new study, Canadian researchers found that women who regularly worked 45 hours or more per week had a 63 percent higher risk of diabetes, compared to those who worked between 35 and 40 hours per week. Emily Cassidy /, NBC News, "In the Know: Women in the news 7/9-7/13," 13 July 2018 Under the program, participants also get diabetes and heart health education. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "City expands telemedicine program for older adults in Park Heights," 12 July 2018 With advancing age, senescent cells take the wheel, and the human body careens into disease states ranging from cancer and diabetes to arthritis, vision loss and dementia. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 The fact that long work hours may be connected to diabetes isn’t entirely surprising. Alice Park, Time, "Working Long Hours Can Raise the Risk of This Disease," 2 July 2018 These populations include children younger than 5, pregnant women, people age 65 and older and people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, as well as those with weakened immune systems. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana resident catches rare form of flu following exposure to pigs at a county fair," 1 July 2018

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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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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


di·a·be·tes | \ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz, -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


di·a·be·tes | \ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz, -ˈbēt-əs \
plural diabetes

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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