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diabetes

Line breaks: dia|betes
Pronunciation: /dʌɪəˈbiːtiːz
 
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(also diabetes mellitus /dʌɪəˌbiːtiːz mɪˈlʌɪtəs/)

Definition of diabetes in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. See also diabetes insipidus.
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with diabetes

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