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erythritol

[ih-rith-ri-tawl, -tol]
noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, sweet-tasting, tetrahydroxyl compound, C4H10O4, related to the carbohydrates, obtained from certain lichens and used for coronary vasodilation and in the treatment of hypertension.
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Origin of erythritol

First recorded in 1890–95; erythrite + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for erythritol

erythritol

erythrite

noun
  1. a sweet crystalline compound extracted from certain algae and lichens and used in medicine to dilate the blood vessels of the heart; 1,2,3,4-butanetetrol. Formula: C 4 H 10 O 4
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