Definition of diabetes in English:


Line breaks: dia|betes
Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəˈbiːtiːz


[mass noun]
A disorder of the metabolism causing excessive thirst and the production of large amounts of urine.
More example sentences
  • Members suffer from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
  • His brother died of scarlet fever, many other villagers succumbed to asthma and diabetes.
  • The main cause of death in our cohort with diabetes was ischaemic heart disease.


mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, literally 'siphon', from diabainein 'go through'.

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