Definition of diabetes noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdaɪəˈbiːtiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaɪəˈbiːtiːz//
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a medical condition which makes the patient produce a lot of urine and feel very thirsty. There are several types of diabetes. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek, literally ‘siphon’, from diabainein ‘go through’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: diabetes