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[bey-tuh-guh-lak-tuh-sahy-deys, -deyz or, esp. British, bee-]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of a family of enzymes capable of liberating galactose from carbohydrates.
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Origin of betagalactosidase

beta + galactoside a glycoside in which the sugar is galactose (< French; see galactose, -ide) + -ase
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