adult-onset diabetes

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dahy-uh-bee-tis, -teez]
    • /ˌdaɪ əˈbi tɪs, -tiz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dahy-uh-bee-tis, -teez]
    • /ˌdaɪ əˈbi tɪs, -tiz/

Definitions of adult-onset diabetes words

  • noun adult-onset diabetes any of several disorders characterized by increased urine production. 1
  • noun adult-onset diabetes Also called diabetes mellitus [mel-i-tuh s, muh-lahy-] /ˈmɛl ɪ təs, məˈlaɪ-/ (Show IPA). a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism, usually occurring in genetically predisposed individuals, characterized by inadequate production or utilization of insulin and resulting in excessive amounts of glucose in the blood and urine, excessive thirst, weight loss, and in some cases progressive destruction of small blood vessels leading to such complications as infections and gangrene of the limbs or blindness. 1
  • noun adult-onset diabetes Also called type 1 diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes. a severe form of diabetes mellitus in which insulin production by the beta cells of the pancreas is impaired, usually resulting in dependence on externally administered insulin, the onset of the disease typically occurring before the age of 25. 1
  • noun adult-onset diabetes Also called type 2 diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, adult-onset diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes. a mild, sometimes asymptomatic form of diabetes mellitus characterized by diminished tissue sensitivity to insulin and sometimes by impaired beta cell function, exacerbated by obesity and often treatable by diet and exercise. 1
  • noun adult-onset diabetes Also called diabetes insipidus [in-sip-i-duh s] /ɪnˈsɪp ɪ dəs/ (Show IPA). increased urine production caused by inadequate secretion of vasopressin by the pituary gland. 1

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Origin of adult-onset diabetes

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
1555-65; < New Latin, Latin < Greek, equivalent to diabē- (variant stem of diabaínein to go through, pass over, equivalent to dia- dia- + baínein to pass) + -tēs agent suffix

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adult-onset diabetes popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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