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Meaning of DIABETES

Pronunciation:  `dIu'beetis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst

DIABETES is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, DM, polydipsia, polygenic disease, polygenic disorder, polyuria



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di`a*be"tes\, n. [NL., from Gr. ?, fr. ? to pass or
cross over. See {Diabase}.] (Med.)
A disease which is attended with a persistent, excessive
discharge of urine. Most frequently the urine is not only
increased in quantity, but contains saccharine matter, in
which case the disease is generally fatal.

{Diabetes mellitus} [NL., sweet diabetes], that form of
   diabetes in which the urine contains saccharine matter.

{Diabetes insipidus} [NL., lit., diabetes], the form of
   diabetes in which the urine contains no abnormal

  1. A disease associated with the absence or reduced levels of insulin, a hormone essential for the transport of glucose to cells.
  2. failure of the body to produce insulin, which controls sugar metabolism; has a complex genetic basis influenced by environmental factors.