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The term Diabetes (is Greek) was coined by Aretaeus of Cappadocia (he practiced medicine about 100 AD). It is derived from the Greek word, diabaínein that literally means "passing through," or "siphon", a reference to one of diabetes' major symptoms-excessive urine production. In 1675, Thomas Willis added the word mellitus, from the Latin meaning "honey", a reference to the sweet taste of the urine. This sweet taste had been noticed in urine by the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, and Indians. In 1776, Matthew Dobson confirmed that the sweet taste was because of an excess of a kind of sugar in the urine and blood of people with diabetes.

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