diabetes mellitusdiabetes mel·li·tus
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 mellitusModL, literally , honey diabetes from Classical Latin mellitus, of honey, honeyed from mel, honey: see mildew
Origin of diabetes mellitusNew Latin diabētēs mellītus literally, honey-sweet diabetes (so called because excessive glucose is excreted in the urine and the resulting sweet taste of the urine was used in diagnosis) Medieval Latin diabētēs diabetes ; see diabetes . Latin mellītus honey-sweet (Latin mel, mell- honey ; see melit- in Indo-European roots.) ( -ītus adjectival suffix )
- A medical disorder characterized by varying or persistent hyperglycemia, especially after eating.