diabetes mellitus

noun
diabetes mel·​li·​tus | \-ˈme-lə-təs \

Definition of diabetes mellitus 

: a variable disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors and usually characterized by inadequate secretion or utilization of insulin, by excessive urine production, by excessive amounts of sugar in the blood and urine, and by thirst, hunger, and loss of weight — compare type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes

First Known Use of diabetes mellitus

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetes mellitus

New Latin, literally, honey-sweet diabetes

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The first known use of diabetes mellitus was in 1788

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diabetes mellitus

noun
diabetes mel·​li·​tus | \-ˈmel-ət-əs \

Medical Definition of diabetes mellitus 

: a variable disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors and usually characterized by inadequate secretion or utilization of insulin, by excessive urine production, by excessive amounts of sugar in the blood and urine, and by thirst, hunger, and loss of weight — see type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes

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