noun \gə-ˈlak-ˌtōs, -ˌtōz\

Definition of GALACTOSE

:  a sugar C6H12O6 less soluble and less sweet than glucose


French, from galact-
First Known Use: 1866


noun \gə-ˈlak-ˌtōs, -ˌtōz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GALACTOSE

: an optically active sugar C6H12O6 that is less soluble and less sweet than glucose and is known in dextrorotatory, levorotatory, and racemic forms


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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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