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background retinopathy 

a type of damage to the retina of the eye marked by bleeding, fluid accumulation and abnormal dilation of the blood vessels. Background retinopathy is an early stage of diabetic retinopathy. Also called simple or nonproliferative (non-pro-LIF-er-uh-tiv) retinopathy.

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basal rate 

a steady trickle of low levels of longer-acting insulin, such as that used in insulin pumps.

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