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Definition of «Galactose»


Galactose: A sugar contained in milk. Galactose makes up half of the sugar called lactose that is found in milk. Lactose is called a disaccharide, the prefix "di" meaning 2, since lactose is made up of two sugars, galactose and glucose, bound together.

Galactose is metabolized (used) through the action of an enzyme called GALT (galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase).

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