galactosemia

noun
ga·​lac·​to·​semia | \ gə-ˌlak-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce galactosemia (audio) \

Definition of galactosemia

: a metabolic disorder that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait and in which galactose accumulates in the blood due to deficiency of an enzyme catalyzing its conversion to glucose

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Other Words from galactosemia

galactosemic \ gə-​ˌlak-​tə-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce galactosemia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of galactosemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And compared with the rest of Europe, the Irish have higher rates of cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and galactosemia, a serious metabolic disorder that prevents the breakdown of sugars in dairy, legumes, and organ meats. National Geographic, "Irish Ancestry Surprises Revealed by New DNA Map," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of galactosemia

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galactosemia

galactose + -emia (probably after German Galactosämie)

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The first known use of galactosemia was in 1932

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“Galactosemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galactosemia. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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galactosemia

noun
ga·​lac·​tos·​emia
variants: or chiefly British galactosaemia \ gə-​ˌlak-​tə-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce galactosemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of galactosemia

: a metabolic disorder inherited as an autosomal recessive trait in which galactose accumulates in the blood due to deficiency of an enzyme catalyzing its conversion to glucose … there might someday be a panel of simultaneous tests for cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria and galactosemia, three of the most important genetic disorders among white Americans. — Harold M. Schmeck, Jr., The New York Times, 18 Oct. 1983

Other Words from galactosemia

galactosemic or chiefly British galactosaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce galactosemia (audio) \ adjective
galactosemic infants

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