What does diabetes mean?

Definitions for diabetesˌdaɪ əˈbi tɪs, -tiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diabetes(noun)

    a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood; any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst


  1. diabetes(Noun)

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

  2. diabetes(Noun)

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

  3. Origin: From the διαβαίνω, via the participle διαβήτης. This refers to the excessive amounts of urine produced by sufferers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diabetes(noun)

    a disease which is attended with a persistent, excessive discharge of urine. Most frequently the urine is not only increased in quantity, but contains saccharine matter, in which case the disease is generally fatal

  2. Origin: [NL., from Gr. , fr. to pass or cross over. See Diabase.]


  1. Diabetes

    Diabetes is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published since 1952 by the American Diabetes Association. It covers research about the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus including any aspect of laboratory, animal or human research. Emphasis is on investigative reports focusing on areas such as the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathologic pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2010 impact factor of 8.889, ranking it 5th out of 116 journals in the category "Endocrinology & Metabolism".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diabetes

    dī-a-bē′tēz, n. a disease marked by a morbid and excessive discharge of urine.—adjs. Diabet′ic, -al. [Gr., from diabainein, dia, through, and bainein, to go.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Diabetes

    a disease characterised by an excessive discharge of urine, and accompanied with great thirst; there are two forms of this disease.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diabetes in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diabetes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rui Li:

    Although many people with diabetes know about the classes, a major issue was that individuals with diabetes may not be attending DSMT once they are referred.

  2. Eckhard Lammert:

    To date, we only have results from a single-dose clinical trial, which make us optimistic; but [this is] not sufficient to evaluate the clinical benefit of this drug for the long-term treatment of people with diabetes, my hope is that our study triggers further clinical trials at established diabetes centers.

  3. Richard Oram:

    If you get this wrong, if you label someone who actually has type 2 diabetes as type 1 they'll be left on insulin for the rest of their life when they don't need it. Even worse, if someone with type 1 diabetes is mislabelled as having type 2 diabetes then they may not be treated with the insulin they need and they may suffer life threatening complications.

  4. Sarah Wild:

    This could happen if the cancer caused symptoms that meant people received a test for diabetes before the cancer was diagnosed, because liver and pancreatic cancers can cause diabetes and also because people with newly diagnosed diabetes will be seeing doctors and nurses frequently and so may report symptoms and get cancers picked up earlier than people without diabetes.

  5. Richard Oram:

    This is a genetic test which essentially means that it measures genetic risk factors for type 1 diabetes and it measures very simply and cheaply in a way that's easy to do, and it means that when a patient presents with diabetes we could measure that genetic risk and if the genetic risk is higher for type 1 diabetes it means they're very likely to have autoimmune type-1 diabetes, and if the genetic risk is low for type 1 diabetes then they're much more likely to have type 2 diabetes, the kind of diabetes associated with obesity.

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