lactose intolerance definition

  • noun:
    • failure to completely metabolize lactose.
    • A physiological condition in which lactose cannot be hydrolyzed within the intestine, resulting in uncomfortable gaseousness, cramps, or diarrhea after eating a lactose-containing meals particularly milk or ice cream. The observable symptoms might precluded by consuming a preparation of beta-galactosidase before or together with milk products.
    • congenital condition consisting of an inability to absorb milk and dairy food; absence or lack of lactase results in an inability to hydrolyze lactose

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