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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 taste.

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