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

Examples of diabetes mellitus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phife was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in May 1990 and passed away due to complications from the disease at the age of 45 on March 22, 2016. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 31 Mar. 2022 Health risks associated with BED include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type II diabetes mellitus, and emotional and mental distress. Raquel Reichard, refinery29.com, 29 Mar. 2022 The drug was authorized for people with at least one risk factor—obesity, those over the age of 60, diabetes mellitus or heart disease—for developing severe illness, the MHRA said. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Most of the time, says Dr. Ramin, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, both type 1 and type 2, is the culprit. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 19 Oct. 2021 This allowed doctors to rule out other possible causes such as diabetes mellitus, iron deficiency anemia, and spinal cord dysfunction and put their fingers on the restless anal syndrome diagnosis. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 One of the goals of the camp was helping to educate children, ages 5 to 16, about living with their disease, diabetes mellitus. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 8 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 30 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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7 Apr 2022

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“Diabetes mellitus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetes%20mellitus. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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