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 Anderson, who is diabetic, was left in a wheelchair without his insulin or testing supplies — on a street cluttered with tent encampments and broken glass. Katie Engelhart, NBC News, "Some nursing homes are illegally evicting elderly and disabled residents who can't afford to pay," 29 Nov. 2019 Priest Edwin Roman, who is diabetic, was said to be unable to refrigerate his medicine following the cutoff. Washington Post, "Nicaragua hunger strikers evacuated from church, end protest," 23 Nov. 2019 Known for her strong will and determination, Ruth monitored and supported both David, a juvenile diabetic, and Tom, a Vietnam War veteran. courant.com, "Ruth C. Dickinson-Giauque," 27 Oct. 2019 Within minutes Vic is wheeling one of his regular passengers, a man who is diabetic and visually impaired, down a hall and into the van, ignoring the surly stream of complaints pouring from his mouth. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 Within minutes Vic is wheeling one of his regular passengers, a man who is diabetic and visually impaired, down a hall and into the van, ignoring the surly stream of complaints pouring from his mouth. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 Dotson said his dad was diabetic and had complicating issues with his kidneys and pancreas. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "From secret to sensation: Loons midfielder Hassani Dotson rises to MLS rookie of year contention," 14 Sep. 2019 That April her younger sister, Dana, fell into a diabetic coma and died. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Colts LB Ahmad Thomas was born without a family or future, then he found both," 3 Aug. 2019 Skipping insulin doses can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which is fatal if not treated. Ian Fleming, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Colorado’s insulin price caps will save lives," 9 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are about 466,000 diabetics in Minnesota, according to the American Diabetes Association. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Minn. Republicans unveil affordable insulin plan; eligible diabetics would get free insulin for up to a year," 19 Sep. 2019 Examples included antibiotics, anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen), anti-depressants, anti-diabetics, stimulants (caffeine), and reproductive and thyroid hormones. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland PD offering safe place to dispose of drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 Two diabetics, two children and one spouse, read a third. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "‘Everything I have is gone’: Crews race to rescue survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," 7 Sep. 2019 High-risk insulin left out, violating policy (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY) Insulin saves lives by keeping blood sugar in check, whether produced naturally in our bodies or administered, as with diabetics. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "Oversights, lapses at VA hospital risked veterans’ lives, limit evidence in homicide probe," 30 Aug. 2019 What is freedom to a diabetic who can’t afford insulin, or a middle-class family bankrupted by an emergency room visit? Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Liberalism Is at a Crossroads, Not a Dead End," 12 Sep. 2019 The pumps work by using a wireless radio frequency to communicate with other devices used by diabetics, such as blood glucose monitors and glucose sensor transmitters. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Medtronic recalls insulin pumps because hackers could hijack device," 28 June 2019 The lawsuit cites cases of detainees confined to their cells without access to wheelchairs or canes, diabetics denied insulin and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder kept in isolation for months. Los Angeles Times, "ICE provides ‘deplorable’ healthcare to detained immigrants, advocates allege in massive lawsuit," 19 Aug. 2019 Examples included antibiotics, anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen), anti-depressants, anti-diabetics, stimulants (caffeine), and reproductive and thyroid hormones. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton encouraging safe disposal of old, unused meds," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of diabetic was in 1702

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4 Dec 2019

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“Diabetic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabetic. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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