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diabetes mellitus

Definitions of diabetes mellitus
  1. noun
    diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria
    “when doctors say `diabetes' they usually mean ` diabetes mellitus'”
    synonyms: DM
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    types:
    IDDM, autoimmune diabetes, growth-onset diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, juvenile diabetes, juvenile-onset diabetes, ketoacidosis-prone diabetes, ketosis-prone diabetes, type I diabetes
    severe diabetes mellitus with an early onset; characterized by polyuria and excessive thirst and increased appetite and weight loss and episodic ketoacidosis; diet and insulin injections are required to control the disease
    NIDDM, adult-onset diabetes, adult-onset diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes, ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes mellitus, ketosis-resistant diabetes, ketosis-resistant diabetes mellitus, mature-onset diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, type II diabetes
    mild form of diabetes mellitus that develops gradually in adults; can be precipitated by obesity or severe stress or menopause or other factors; can usually be controlled by diet and hypoglycemic agents without injections of insulin
    chemical diabetes, latent diabetes
    a mild form of diabetes mellitus in which there are no overt symptoms but there are abnormal responses to some diagnostic procedures
    type of:
    diabetes
    a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood; any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
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