diabetes

Pronunciation: (dy-uh-BEE-teez)

Any of several diseases in which the kidneys make a large amount of urine. Diabetes usually refers to diabetes mellitus in which there is also a high level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood because the body does not make enough insulin or use it the way it should.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2009-01-07