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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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Cause: Funding for diabetes research that will end Sept. 30, unless Congress votes to keep it in place. Washington Post, "Cause Celeb: Victor Garber testifies on diabetes research," 10 July 2019 The paper showed 580 participants advertisements for a fictitious diabetes prescription drug. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Trump's effort to put drug prices in ads now in limbo," 9 July 2019 As the bus pulled out of Minneapolis that Friday morning, the three and others in the small group got to know each other and exchanged stories about how diabetes has affected their lives. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Diabetics from Minnesota make trek to Canada in search of affordable insulin," 7 July 2019 Their numbers say that America’s diabetes rate will increase by 38 percent over the next decade. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Alabama has 3rd fastest projected increase in diabetes rate," 1 July 2019 Some participants were prescribed the diabetes medication metformin. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 Riley was ranked number 13 for diabetes care and number 15 in the areas of pediatric cancer and kidney care. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Riley Hospital for Children ranks among top 50 hospitals in nation in 9 areas," 24 June 2019 The tissue is donated after elective abortions, and the mice are testbeds for potential diabetes treatments. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "In wake of Trump's fetal tissue clampdown, scientists strain to adjust," 11 June 2019 The proprietary neuro-fabric Ma and her team created is embedded with tiny sensors; that fabric is sewn into socks worn by diabetes patients to monitor temperature and prevent diabetic foot ulcers or, worse, amputations. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Award Winners Prove Women Will Change the World," 5 May 2019

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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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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


di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -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


di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbēt-əs How to pronounce diabetes (audio) \
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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