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 metabolic disorder characterized by intense thirst and excessive urination, caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone vasopressin.
Origin of diabetes insipidusNew Latin diab&emacron;t&emacron;s &imacron;nsipidus : Latin diab&emacron;t&emacron;s, diabetes + Latin &imacron;nsipidus, 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