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[guh-lak-tuh-see-mee-uh] /gəˌlæk təˈsi mi ə/
noun, Pathology.
an inherited disorder characterized by the inability to metabolize galactose and requiring a galactose-free diet to avoid consequent mental retardation and eye, spleen, and liver abnormalities.
Origin of galactosemia
1930-35; galactose + -emia
Related forms
galactosemic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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galactosemia in Medicine

galactosemia ga·lac·to·se·mia (gə-lāk'tə-sē'mē-ə)
An inherited metabolic disorder characterized by the deficiency of an enzyme necessary for galactose metabolism and chracterized by elevated levels of galactose in the blood and, if untreated, mental retardation and eye and liver abnormalities.

ga·lac'to·se'mic adj.
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