The most common form of diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, which results in a failure to metabolize sugars and starch. Sugars accumulate in the blood and urine, and the byproducts of alternative fat metabolism disturb the acid-base balance of the blood, causing a risk of convulsions and coma.
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late 19th century: from diabetes + Latin mellitus 'sweet'.
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