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

For Google, diabetic retinopathy was an ideal case study because experts agree on its symptoms. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Google’s Effort to Prevent Blindness Shows AI Challenges," 26 Jan. 2019 What landed her in the hospital was diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) a life-threatening complication of diabetes that happens when the body doesn’t have enough insulin. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "It’s a dangerous eating disorder that affects people with diabetes. So why haven’t you heard of it?," 20 Aug. 2018 MiMedx marketing materials say the 14-millimeter graft fits more than half of all diabetic foot ulcers, a common wound. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "MiMedx Kept Cheaper Products Out of Its Offerings to VA Hospitals," 5 Oct. 2018 His team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies recommends starting with a 12-hour window of eating and working your way up to the optimal eight hour time-frame, when endurance, weight loss, and pre-diabetic reversal can happen in two months. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Healthy Diet of the Future Focuses On When—Not Just What—You Eat," 1 Aug. 2018 The early symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and DME are vague to nonexistent. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes," 8 Nov. 2018 Photo: Rodney and Yelena Ferrer Under federal and city laws, the Department of Education is required to develop a diabetes-care plan for diabetic students. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Parents of Children With Diabetes Sue NYC Education Department," 1 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Harmon was going into diabetic shock, the newspaper said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Police Tased black man for resisting arrest, suit says. But he was in diabetic shock. | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 Roswig said the Department of Justice has long considered administering insulin to diabetic children to be a reasonable adjustment — one that opens the door to thousands of children nationally. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Large Child Care Company Settles With U.S. Over Policy Of Excluding Kids With Diabetes," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vinegar contains zero calories, enhances flavor, and poses a low health risk, except for acid reflux-sufferers and diabetics. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 Another experimental drug is in testing to treat a condition affecting diabetics, called diabetic nephropathy, that is a leading cause of kidney failure. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Picks AstraZeneca Executive to Be Next CEO," 4 Jan. 2019 My condition can lead to future health problems, too: Type 1 diabetics worry about complications including heart disease, eye damage, and kidney damage. Jennifer Lavallee, SELF, "5 Things I’m Sick of Hearing as Someone With Type 1 Diabetes," 29 Aug. 2018 That quality also makes bluebs a smart choice for diabetics or other people watching their blood sugar levels. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Go All In on Blueberries This Summer," 31 May 2018 Type 1 diabetics lose their beta cells through a destructive immune reaction. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New insulin-making cells can be made in the body, study suggests," 14 June 2018 Worse yet, anecdotally, most ophthalmologists note that diabetic smokers tend to have far worse bleeding in the back of the eye than non-smoking diabetics. Jewish Journal, "Taking a stand against hookah smoking on Passover, or anytime," 12 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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 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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