diabetes

noun
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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By then, diabetes, gout and other illnesses had forced Brice to start using a wheelchair and stop working. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 Emanuel said that 86 percent of the costs in the health-care system come from chronic diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, asthma, cancer and emphysema. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Accolade, with 500 employees in Plymouth Meeting, seeks to boldly cut health costs for big companies," 12 July 2018 Children who were breast-fed have lower rates of Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, and of two types of leukemia. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018 Some diabetes researchers are skeptical that the findings will prove to be a major advance. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "There’s Hope for a Vaccine to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes," 21 June 2018 Late last year, the comedian was booed off stage at a juvenile diabetes event in Denver over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd, The New York Post reported. Fox News, "George Lopez uses water bottle to pretend to urinate on Trump's star in Hollywood," 12 July 2018 Franciscan Health-Crown Point offers an ongoing series of diabetes classes from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Burrell classrooms at the hospital, 1201 S. Main St., Crown Point. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 July 2018 If that was the case for diabetes or heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, there would be a huge hullaballoo. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, "Hey, doctors: Why aren’t you stepping up to treat people with opioid addiction?," 5 July 2018 Kobuk, a search and rescue German shepherd, led rescuers to Ruth Brennan, a 77-year-old woman with diabetes and dementia who was lost for two nights without food, water or her medications. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 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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The first known use of diabetes was in the 15th century

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diabetes

noun

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, -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

noun
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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