Share this entry

Share this page

lactose

Syllabification: lac·tose
Pronunciation: /ˈlakˌtōs
 
, ˈlakˌtōz
 
/

Definition of lactose in English:

noun

Chemistry
A sugar present in milk. It is a disaccharide containing glucose and galactose units.
Example sentences
  • The common sugars that form part of the diet are sucrose, lactose (milk sugar), and maltose.
  • The enzyme lactase breaks down the lactose to galactose and glucose.
  • Soymilk does not contain lactose (milk sugar) and can be drunk by those who are allergic to normal milk.

Definition of lactose in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…