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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