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Definition of Intolerance, lactose

Intolerance, lactose: The inability to digest lactose, a component of milk and some other dairy products. The basis for lactose intolerance is the lack of an enzyme called lactase in the small intestine. The most common symptoms of lactose intolerance are diarrhea, bloating, a

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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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