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 Dictionary entry overview: What does DM mean? 

DM (noun)
  The noun DM has 2 senses:

1. diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria
2. a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter

  Familiarity information: DM used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DM (noun)



Diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


diabetes mellitus; DM

Context example:

when doctors say 'diabetes' they usually mean 'diabetes mellitus'

Hypernyms ("DM" is a kind of...):

diabetes (any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "DM"):

autoimmune diabetes; growth-onset diabetes; IDDM; insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus; juvenile diabetes; juvenile-onset diabetes; ketoacidosis-prone diabetes; ketosis-prone diabetes; type I diabetes (severe diabetes mellitus with an early onset; characterized by polyuria and excessive thirst and increased appetite and weight loss and episodic ketoacidosis; diet and insulin injections are required to control the disease)

adult-onset diabetes; adult-onset diabetes mellitus; ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes; ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes mellitus; ketosis-resistant diabetes; ketosis-resistant diabetes mellitus; mature-onset diabetes; maturity-onset diabetes; maturity-onset diabetes mellitus; NIDDM; non-insulin-dependent diabetes; non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus; type II diabetes (mild form of diabetes mellitus that develops gradually in adults; can be precipitated by obesity or severe stress or menopause or other factors; can usually be controlled by diet and hypoglycemic agents without injections of insulin)

chemical diabetes; latent diabetes (a mild form of diabetes mellitus in which there are no overt symptoms but there are abnormal responses to some diagnostic procedures)

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A metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


decimeter; decimetre; dm

Hypernyms ("dm" is a kind of...):

metric linear unit (a linear unit of distance in metric terms)

Meronyms (parts of "dm"):

centimeter; centimetre; cm (a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter)

Holonyms ("dm" is a part of...):

m; meter; metre (the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards))

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