diabetic

adjective
di·​a·​bet·​ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbe-tik How to pronounce diabetic (audio) \

Definition of diabetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to diabetes or diabetics
2 : affected with diabetes
3 : occurring in or caused by diabetes diabetic coma
4 : suitable for diabetics diabetic food

diabetic

noun

Definition of diabetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with diabetes

Examples of diabetic in a Sentence

Adjective new drugs for treating diabetic patients
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of Sims’ daughters told police that her mother was diabetic and needed assistance getting around. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Murder suspect sought after couple found shot in Decatur home," 12 Jan. 2021 His father, a former Marine who is diabetic and has hypertension and heart disease, survived the virus. New York Times, "States Are Shutting Down Prisons as Guards are Crippled By Covid-19," 1 Jan. 2021 Losing limbs to a terrible disease Published: March 26, 2018 Isaac Rodriguez, who is diabetic, was 30 years old when his feet blew up three times their normal size and red streaks began climbing his legs. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 Vivian is diabetic, has asthma, neuropathy and some other health issues but none of that has stopped her from greeting customers with a smile for more than 10 years. CBS News, "Meet the frontline heroes of the coronavirus pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 Her husband, who is diabetic and has high blood pressure, was hospitalized for three weeks. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, "San Fernando Valley’s Latino neighborhoods staggered by L.A. County virus outbreak," 1 Dec. 2020 Although not a diabetic, his life has been touched by diabetes. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: John Burd," 29 Oct. 2020 Up to half of the residents lack health insurance, and more than 60 percent are diabetic or prediabetic. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "In Texas Towns Gutted by Covid-19, a Fragile Effort to Sustain a Cherished Sport," 22 Oct. 2020 Given that Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be affected by obesity than non-Hispanic whites, and twice as likely to be diabetic, this would be valuable work. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, "A growing number of scientists believe that the cure for disease can be found in our DNA. But that poses a unique problem for some Native Americans.," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2016, Morgan Angerbauer died after staff failed to follow health protocols and check on the 20-year-old diabetic. Washington Post, "Woman with HIV denied water, medication in Texas jail before dying of neglect, family says," 19 Sep. 2020 The plan aims to deter diabetics from rationing their insulin, which can lead to a deadly condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Lawmakers eye special session as they prepare to hash out insulin assistance bill," 22 Oct. 2019 Type 1 diabetics inject themselves with insulin so cells can take glucose from the blood for energy. George Ramsay, CNN, "'No team changes lives like our team.' How cycling's Team Novo Nordisk turned type 1 diabetes into its 'greatest strength'," 19 May 2020 The scientist who discovered that injections of insulin could save diabetics from a painful death wanted to see the drug affordable and widely available. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Rogue Experimenters," 18 May 2020 Foot infections in diabetics are notoriously dangerous and, if not treated quickly enough, can lead to amputation of feet and even legs. New York Times, "Weighing Risks for My Patients at a Time of Covid-19," 30 Apr. 2020 Through education and research, the goal is to show diabetics how to manage their care. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "10 Things We're Talking About," 21 Oct. 2019 However, the organization said all indicators point to diabetics having worse outcomes from the disease. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Diabetics seen facing greater risks from the virus," 22 Apr. 2020 One would allow diabetics who can’t afford their insulin to receive an emergency 30-day supply of insulin at their pharmacy for a co-pay of $35. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Minnesota Legislature passes fourth COVID-19 bill, addresses affordable insulin," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of diabetic

Adjective

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetic

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin diabēticus, from Late Latin diabētēs diabetes + -icus -ic entry 1

Noun

borrowed from Medieval Latin diabēticus, noun derivative of diabēticus diabetic entry 1

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The first known use of diabetic was in 1702

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26 Jan 2021

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“Diabetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetic. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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diabetic

adjective
How to pronounce diabetic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of diabetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with diabetes
: caused by diabetes
: suitable for people with diabetes

diabetic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diabetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has diabetes

diabetic

noun
di·​a·​bet·​ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbe-tik How to pronounce diabetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of diabetic

: a person with diabetes

diabetic

adjective
di·​a·​bet·​ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbet-ik How to pronounce diabetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of diabetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to diabetes or diabetics
2 : affected with diabetes
3 : occurring in or caused by diabetes a diabetic coma
4 : suitable for diabetics diabetic food

diabetic

noun

Medical Definition of diabetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with diabetes

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