galactose


galactose

Organic compound, a monosaccharide, chemical formula CHO. It is usually found in nature combined with other sugars, for example, in lactose, in polysaccharides, and in glycolipids, carbohydrate-containing lipids that occur in the brain and other nervous tissues of most animals. It has uses in organic synthesis and in medicine.

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