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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


diabetes  listen  (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.