Definitions for diabetes mellitusˈmɛl ɪ təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

diabe′tes mel′li•tusˈmɛl ɪ təs(n.)

  1. either of two chronic forms of diabetes in which insulin does not effectively transport glucose from the bloodstream: a rapidly developing form, affecting children and young adults, in which the body does not produce enough insulin and insulin must therefore be injected

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: ( juvenile-onset diabetes ); ( adult-onset diabetes ).

Origin of diabetes mellitus:

< NL: lit., sweet diabetes

Princeton's WordNet

  1. diabetes mellitus, DM(noun)

    diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria

    "when doctors say `diabetes' they usually mean `diabetes mellitus'"


  1. diabetes mellitus(Noun)

    A medical disorder characterized by varying or persistent hyperglycemia, especially after eating.


  1. Diabetes mellitus

    Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria, polydipsia and polyphagia. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus. ⁕Type 1 DM results from the body's failure to produce insulin, and currently requires the person to inject insulin or wear an insulin pump. This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" or "juvenile diabetes". ⁕Type 2 DM results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute insulin deficiency. This form was previously referred to as non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or "adult-onset diabetes". ⁕The third main form, gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women without a previous diagnosis of diabetes develop a high blood glucose level. It may precede development of type 2 DM. Other forms of diabetes mellitus include congenital diabetes, which is due to genetic defects of insulin secretion, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid diabetes induced by high doses of glucocorticoids, and several forms of monogenic diabetes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Diabetes Mellitus

    A heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by HYPERGLYCEMIA and GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE.


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