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ˌdaɪ əˈbi tɪs, -tizdi·a·betes

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diabetesnoun

    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. diabetesnoun

    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. diabetesnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Diabetesnoun

    A morbid copiousness of urine; a fatal colliquation by the urinary passages.

    Etymology: διαβάιτης.

    An increase of that secretion may accompany the general colliquations; as in fluxes, hectick sweats and coughs, diabetes, and other consumptions. William Derham, Physico-Theology.


  1. Diabetes

    Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a group of common endocrine diseases characterized by sustained high blood sugar levels. Diabetes is caused by either a lack of insulin-secreting beta-cells in the pancreas due to an autoimmune response (type 1 diabetes), an imbalance between blood sugar level and insulin production (type 2 diabetes), and can be precipitated by pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Symptoms of diabetes can vary, and if untreated, can have a range of acute and chronic complications. Untreated or poorly treated diabetes accounts for approximately 1.5 million deaths per year.There is no widely-accepted cure for most cases of diabetes. The most common treatment for type 1 diabetes is insulin replacement therapy (insulin injections). Anti-diabetic medications such as metformin and semaglutide, as well as lifestyle modifications, can be used to prevent or respond to type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes normally resolves shortly after delivery. As of 2019, an estimated 463 million people had diabetes worldwide accounting for 8.8% of the adult population. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% of all diabetes cases. The prevalence of the disease continues to increase, most dramatically in low- and middle-income nations. Rates are similar in women and men, with diabetes being the 7th-leading cause of death globally. By 2030, it is forecast that global expenditure on diabetes-related healthcare will exceed US$1 trillion.


  1. diabetes

    Diabetes is a long-term chronic health condition characterized by a high level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. This can occur either because the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin or the body's cells have become resistant to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. The three main types of this disease are Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Symptoms may include frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diabetesnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of diabetes in a Sentence

  1. Bethany Barone Gibbs:

    It is unlikely that reducing sitting and breaking it up will be harmful, but we are still trying to quantify the potential benefit of this particular behavior modification on diabetes risk and other health outcomes.

  2. Richard Isaacson:

    Having high cholesterol may not cause Alzheimer's, but it presses the fast-forward button on the disease pathology and cognitive decline, there's also a relationship between diabetes and the development of amyloid pathology.

  3. Temo Waqanivalu:

    Type II diabetes is emerging in young children 10-11 years old, [It's the] tip of the iceberg in children.

  4. Doug Nemecek:

    People who feel lonely are less healthy, there are many studies linking loneliness to worsening heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression and substance abuse. In fact, healthwise, loneliness is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

  5. Majid Ezzati:

    Obesity is the most important risk factor for type 2 diabetes and our attempts to control rising rates of obesity have so far not proved successful.

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