Definition of diabetes mellitus in English:

diabetes mellitus

Line breaks: dia|betes mel|li¦tus
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlʌɪtəs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The commonest 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 by-products of alternative fat metabolism disturb the acid-base balance of the blood, causing a risk of convulsions and coma.
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  • Chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, leukaemia, sickle cell anaemia and glaucoma, may produce visual defects as a side effect.
  • Although diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus have similar names and symptoms, they're not related.
  • The evaluations included patients with and without diabetes mellitus or systolic heart failure.

Origin

late 19th century: from diabetes + Latin mellitus 'sweet'.

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