What is the origin of the word diabetes?
Diabetes comes from the Greek word for "siphon". An Ancient
Greek physician noticed that patients with diabetes excessively
urinated, "siphoning" fluid out of their bodies. As a result, he
named the condition diabetes.
The full name is actually diabetes mellitus - mellitus is Latin
for "honey-sweet", since the patient's urine was noticeably sweet.
There is an unrelated condition, diabetes insipidus, that causes
excessive urine as well -- but that urine is very dilute and has no