diabetes mellitus[mə līt′əs]
a chronic form of diabetes involving an insulin deficiency and characterized by an excess of sugar in the blood and urine, and by hunger, thirst, and gradual loss of weight
Origin of diabetes mellitusModern Latin literally , honey diabetes ; from Classical Latin mellitus, of honey, honeyed ; from mel, honey: see mildew
- A severe, chronic form of diabetes caused by insufficient production of insulin and resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The disease, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, is characterized by increased sugar levels in the blood and urine, excessive thirst, frequent urination, acidosis, and wasting. Also called insulin-dependent diabetes, type 1 diabetes.
- A mild form of diabetes that typically appears first in adulthood and is exacerbated by obesity and an inactive lifestyle. This disease often has no symptoms, is usually diagnosed by tests that indicate glucose intolerance, and is treated with changes in diet and an exercise regimen. Also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, type 2 diabetes.
Origin of diabetes mellitusNew Latin diabētēs mellītus : Latin diabētēs, diabetes + Latin mellītus, honey-sweet.
- A medical disorder characterized by varying or persistent hyperglycemia, especially after eating.