Galactosemia definitions

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An inherited metabolic disorder characterized by the deficiency of an enzyme that is necessary for the metabolism of galactose. The disorder results in elevated levels of galactose in the blood and, if untreated, can lead to mental retardation and eye and liver abnormalities.
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A congenital disease caused by the genetic lack of an enzyme needed to metabolize galactose into glucose and producing intellectual disability, cataracts, and liver damage.
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An inherited metabolic disorder characterized by deficiency of an enzyme necessary for the metabolism of galactose, a sugar found in milk, milk products, many legumes, and organ meats. The disorder results in elevated levels of galactose in the blood and can lead to intellectual disability and eye and liver abnormalities.
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(medicine) A genetic metabolic disorder characterized by an inability to metabolize galactose properly.
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