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A disaccharide crystalline sugar, C₁₂H₂₂O₁₁, consisting of one glucose and one galactose unit, and obtainable by partial hydrolysis of raffinose.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Melibiose from meli- (in melitose) + -biose, combining form indicating a disaccharide.
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