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[dahy-uh-bet-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈbɛt ɪk/
of or relating to diabetes or persons having diabetes.
having or resulting from diabetes.
a person who has diabetes.
Origin of diabetic
1790-1800; diabet(es) + -ic
Related forms
antidiabetic, adjective
nondiabetic, adjective
undiabetic, adjective Unabridged
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  • In hospitals, doctors are using commercially produced, lab-grown skin to repair diabetic foot ulcers.
  • It has enough sugar to keep you drinking but not so much that you fear a diabetic coma.
  • diabetic retinopathy is damage to the eye's retina that occurs with long-term diabetes.
  • But good diabetic control can prevent or lessen chances of later blindness, amputation, stroke and other illnesses.
  • diabetic rats implanted with the capsules have survived for weeks without insulin shots.
  • According to the report, diabetic mice and rats went into remission five days after receiving the insulin-encoding gene.
  • Anyone who is diabetic-or knows a diabetic-recognizes the importance of insulin.
  • It is possible that the diabetic condition elevates selenium blood levels.
  • The diabetic mouse model has not always translated well to humans, and commonly used knockout mice represent an extreme condition.
  • It would seem that my undiagnosed pre-diabetic hypoglycemia was the cause of my panic attacks.
British Dictionary definitions for diabetic


of, relating to, or having diabetes
for the use of diabetics: diabetic chocolate
a person who has diabetes
Usage note
Rather than talking about a diabetic or diabetics, it is better to talk about a person with diabetes, people with diabetes
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Word Origin and History for diabetic

1799; see diabetes + -ic. From 1840 as a noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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diabetic in Medicine

diabetic di·a·bet·ic (dī'ə-bět'ĭk)

  1. Relating to, having, or resulting from diabetes.

  2. Intended for use by a person with diabetes.

One who has diabetes.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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