If you're a diabetic, you are a person who suffers from the disease of diabetes. Diabetics tend to have wildly varying blood sugar levels, which can sometimes be dangerous.

A diabetic's pancreas typically doesn't produce enough insulin, the hormone in your body that metabolizes sugars and carbohydrates. The word diabetic is also an adjective that describes someone who has the illness or something associated with it. Your diabetic friend might need to monitor her blood sugar several times a day and follow a special diabetic diet. The word comes from the Greek, in which it means "excessive discharge of urine," one of the illness's symptoms.

Definitions of diabetic
  1. noun
    someone who has diabetes
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    type of:
    diseased person, sick person, sufferer
    a person suffering from an illness
  2. adjective
    suffering from diabetes
    ill, sick
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
  3. adjective
    of or relating to or causing diabetes
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