American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An organic acid, C6H10O8, often derived from milk sugar.
- n. organic chemistry A dicarboxylic acid, HOOC(CH2OH)4COOH, produced by the oxidation of the milk sugar galactose. A test for the presence of galactose and/or lactose.
- n. a solid acid (C6H10O8) found in milk or sugar
- From Swedish mjölk-socker-syra (milk-sugar-acid) (Wiktionary)
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