diabetic

adjective
di·a·bet·ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbe-tik \

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

Pfizer expects to lose U.S. exclusivity of Lyrica, a painkiller for helping with diabetic nerve pain and fibromyalgia, as early as December. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Pfizer to Reorganize Business Units," 11 July 2018 Rowan, who is a diabetic , needs to carry hypodermic needles with her for medical reasons. Christopher Elliott, chicagotribune.com, "For people with diabetes, air travel can present a host of challenges," 12 July 2018 The subject was a diabetic that had possibly walked off the state park property. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 25 May 2018 After more than 800 days, Gardner has dropped 103 pounds, trimmed 14½ inches off his waist and overcome his diagnosis as a diabetic. Suzanne Allard Levingston, Washington Post, "Going to the doctor in a group means better health for some patients," 2 June 2018 But Little Rock did have a large number of diabetic and physically inactive people, coming in at number five for both categories. Melissa Matthews, Newsweek, "Where to Live if You Want to Be Thin: America's Fattest Cities, Ranked," 14 Mar. 2018 Travel insurance requirements are different for diabetic travelers. Christopher Elliott, chicagotribune.com, "For people with diabetes, air travel can present a host of challenges," 12 July 2018 Unity Biotech is also working toward clinical trials of drugs for glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic neuropathy — all considered diseases of aging. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 Camp Roaring Sun, a week-long overnight camp for diabetic children treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, allows kids to take part in a fun summer tradition that might otherwise not be feasible for them. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Diabetic children learn about nutrition and keeping healthy at Camp Roaring Sun," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Puerto Rico Health Secretary Rafael Rodriguez urged all those with serious health conditions, including diabetics, to seek shelter at health facilities, which have generators. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Hurricane Beryl heads for late weekend entry into Caribbean," 7 July 2018 Here are the first 12 companies to be selected to receive help from Plug and Play Cleveland: Alertgy Alertgy developed a sensor that doesn't require diabetics to draw blood to test their blood sugar levels. Peter Krouse, cleveland.com, "A dozen companies selected for Plug and Play Cleveland accelerator," 9 Mar. 2018 In an online poll from UpWell Heath, 45 percent of diabetics reported cutting back on treatment in 2017 for financial reasons. Washington Post, "The Health 202: The Trump administration will allow people to buy cheaper health plans. But they won't have certain Obamacare benefits.," 19 June 2018 This team in the lab of Dr. Denise Faustman has been following 282 people, including 52 diabetics who got the vaccine. NBC News, "Can a cheap and widely available TB vaccine help diabetics?," 21 June 2018 Exercise, in general, has been favorably shown to decrease risks of falls in the elderly population, help control blood sugar levels in type-II diabetics as well as a decrease in anxiety levels. Brent Kraus, Pt, Dpt, Cincinnati.com, "Stay healthy: Effects of exercise with Brent Kraus, PT, DPT," 23 Apr. 2018 Dental giveaways, learn about healthy alternatives, weight loss and wellness socks/diabetics, massages and more. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to do? Check out these events in Louisville starting Thursday," 31 Oct. 2017 Most Type 2 diabetics are overweight, and the excess body fat, especially around the waist, is related to insulin resistance. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Don't call 'baby fat' cute. Childhood obesity increases your kids' risk of chronic disease," 26 Apr. 2018 Several drugmakers are aiming at early stage cancer patients with immunotherapy, and AstraZeneca’s Forxiga helps diabetics control blood sugar. Bloomberg.com, "Bay State Biotech Report: AstraZeneca and Immunotherapy," 14 Sep. 2017

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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

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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of diabetic was in 1702

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diabetic

adjective

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 \

Kids Definition of diabetic

: a person with diabetes

diabetic

adjective
di·a·bet·ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbet-ik \

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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