Definition of alpha-gal in English:

alpha-gal

noun

  • A carbohydrate molecule present in the cell membranes of most mammals, though not those of humans or other higher primates.

    A disaccharide consisting of two linked galactose units. The immune response to alpha-gal causes rejection of animal-to-human transplants and certain allergic reactions to red meat or other animal products

Pronunciation

alpha-gal

/ˈalfəˌɡal/ /ˈælfəˌɡæl/

Origin

1970s from alpha and galactose.