an external battery-powered device that injects insulin into the body at a programmed rate to control diabetes.
insulin pump n.
A portable device for people with diabetes that injects insulin at programmed intervals in order to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Insulin resistance
insulin resistance n. A state of diminished effectiveness of insulin in lowering the levels of blood sugar, usually resulting from insulin binding by antibodies, and associated with such conditions as obesity, ketoacidosis, and infection.
noun, Pathology. 1. a state of collapse caused by a decrease in blood sugar resulting from the administration of excessive insulin. insulin shock n. Acute hypoglycemia usually resulting from an overdose of insulin and characterized by sweating, trembling, dizziness, and, if left untreated, convulsions and coma.
- Insulin shock therapy
[in-suh-lin-koh-muh, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn sə lɪnˌkoʊ mə, ˈɪns yə-/ noun, Psychiatry. 1. a former treatment for mental illness, especially schizophrenia, employing insulin-induced hypoglycemia as a method for producing convulsive seizures.
insulitis in·su·li·tis (ĭn’sə-lī’tĭs) n. A histologic change in the islets of Langerhans characterized by edema and the infiltration of small numbers of white blood cells.