diabetes mellitus

noun
diabetes mel·​li·​tus | \ -ˈme-lə-təs How to pronounce diabetes mellitus (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The conditions include cancer, heart issues such as heart failure or coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity, sickle cell disease or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Boerne opening registration for COVID vaccines at 9 a.m. Wednesday," 9 Feb. 2021 These conditions include cancer, heart issues such as heart failure or coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Taylor Pettaway, ExpressNews.com, "FAQ: When and where Texans can get the COVID vaccine," 30 Dec. 2020 Mostly, type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as diabetes mellitus in the medical community, as the kidneys are under more stress to absorb excess glucose, Dr. Weiss explains. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Thirsty? 9 Explanations for Excessive Thirst, According to Experts," 27 Sep. 2020 For their study, the scientists questioned 106,178 women free from cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus in the California Teachers Study, a cohort of female teachers and administrators who have been followed since 1995. oregonlive, "1 sugary drink a day increases risk of heart disease, study finds," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of diabetes mellitus

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetes mellitus

borrowed from New Latin diabētēs mellītus, literally, "honey-sweet diabetes," referring to the smell and taste of sugar in the urine

Note: See note at diabetes insipidus.

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The first known use of diabetes mellitus was in 1788

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“Diabetes mellitus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetes%20mellitus. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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diabetes mellitus

noun
diabetes mel·​li·​tus | \ -ˈmel-ət-əs How to pronounce diabetes mellitus (audio) \

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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