|diabetes mellitus||medical dictionary|
Relative or absolute lack of insulin leading to uncontrolled carbohydrate metabolism. In juvenile onset diabetes (that may be an autoimmune response to pancreatic _ cells) the insulin deficiency tends to be almost total, whereas in adult onset diabetes there seems to be no immunological component but an association with obesity.
This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
(11 Mar 2008)
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