Diabetes Definition

dīə-bētĭs, -tēz
Diabetes mellitus.
American Heritage

Any of various diseases characterized by an excessive discharge of urine; esp., diabetes mellitus.

Webster's New World
Diabetes insipidus.
American Heritage

A group of metabolic diseases whereby a person (other animal) has high blood sugar due to an inability to produce, or inability to metabolize, sufficient quantities of the hormone insulin.


Diabetes insipidus, a condition characterized by excessive thirst and excretion of large amounts of severely diluted urine.


Origin of Diabetes

  • Middle English diabete from Medieval Latin diabētēs from Latin from Greek siphon, diabetes from diabainein to cross over, straddle dia- dia- bainein to go gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Ancient Greek διαβαίνω (diabainō, “to pass through”), via the participle διαβήτης (diabētēs, “passing through”). This refers to the excessive amounts of urine produced by sufferers.

    From Wiktionary

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