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 Beverly, known as Bev, is diabetic and uses a walker and a cane most of the time because of joint issues. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Using a portable fundus camera to image the eye, or even a smartphone camera, an algorithm could identify the signs of problems like diabetic retinopathy early enough to intervene. Katie Palmer, STAT, 9 Apr. 2022 She was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness. John Johnston, The Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2021 If caught early, diabetic retinopathy can often be fixed with a procedure in the doctor’s office. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 The main objective was to develop healthy and delicious desserts that everyone, including diabetic, celiac and vegan, could enjoy. Jill Griffin, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 The high cost of insulin has been a major concern for diabetic Americans, forcing some to ration their doses -- with sometimes fatal consequences. Katie Lobosco And Tami Luhby, CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 Camp Glyndon was located in the village of Glyndon founded by Dr. Abraham A. Silver, a diabetes specialist who was head of Sinai Hospital’s diabetic camp. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Indeed, as one who has had a triple bypass and has been a diabetic for 20 years, the idea of accelerating drug discoveries is of great interest to me. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One mother carried a large-scale portrait of her daughter, Venessa Valerio, a nine-year-old diabetic who was fatally shot by a heroin addict who’d broken into their home looking for insulin syringes. Alicia Inez Guzmán, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2021 In 2016, Morgan Angerbauer died after staff failed to follow health protocols and check on the 20-year-old diabetic. Washington Post, 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, 22 Oct. 2019 Type 1 diabetics inject themselves with insulin so cells can take glucose from the blood for energy. George Ramsay, CNN, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2020 Through education and research, the goal is to show diabetics how to manage their care. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, 21 Oct. 2019 However, the organization said all indicators point to diabetics having worse outcomes from the disease. Imelda García, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Diabetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetic. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for diabetic

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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