diabetes insipidus

noun
diabetes in·​sip·​i·​dus | \ -in-ˈsi-pə-dəs How to pronounce diabetes insipidus (audio) \

Definition of diabetes insipidus

: a disorder of the pituitary gland characterized by intense thirst and by the excretion of large amounts of urine

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Recent Examples on the Web Those with diabetes insipidus would also be frequently urinating. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Thirsty? 9 Explanations for Excessive Thirst, According to Experts," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of diabetes insipidus

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetes insipidus

borrowed from New Latin diabētēs insipidus, literally, "bland diabetes," referring to the lack of sweetness in the urine

Note: Term introduced, along with diabētēs mellītus, by the Scottish physician William Cullen (1710-90) in Synopsis nosologiæ methodicæ, editio tertia, tomus II (Edinburgh, 1780), pp. 244-45.

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“Diabetes insipidus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetes%20insipidus. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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diabetes insipidus

noun
diabetes in·​sip·​i·​dus | \ -in-ˈsip-əd-əs How to pronounce diabetes insipidus (audio) \

Medical Definition of diabetes insipidus

: a disorder that is caused by insufficient secretion of vasopressin by the pituitary gland or by a failure of the kidneys to respond to circulating vasopressin and that is characterized by intense thirst and by the excretion of large amounts of urine But there is another type of diabetes—known as diabetes insipidus. In this rare disease, the kidneys can't hold on to the water the body needs. The urine is insipid—so diluted it looks, smells and tastes just like water.— Lisa Sanders, The New York Times Magazine, 14 Oct. 2007 — see central diabetes insipidus, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus

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