diabetes insipidusdiabetes in·sip·i·dus
a disorder caused by a pituitary deficiency and characterized by the heavy discharge of urine and intense thirst
Origin of diabetes insipidusModL, literally , insipid diabetes
A chronic disorder marked by excessive urination and usually intense thirst and dehydration, caused either by insufficient production or release of the pituitary hormone vasopressin or by inability of the kidneys to respond effectively to vasopressin.
Origin of diabetes insipidusNew Latin diabētēs īnsipidus literally, insipid diabetes (so called because the urine of those suffering from the disease lacks the sweet taste characteristic of diabetes mellitus) Medieval Latin diabētēs diabetes ; see diabetes . Latin īnsipidus insipid ; see insipid .
- A disease characterized by excretion of large amount of severely diluted urine, which cannot be reduced when fluid intake is reduced. It is generally related to a tumor or insult to the pituitary gland, where the hormonal signals the pituitary gives to the kidneys break down, and the kidneys do not conserve water, but express all water as urine. This is a rather rare disease.
Literally "tasteless diabetes." See diabetes