erythritol

[ ih-rith-ri-tawl, -tol ]
/ ɪˈrɪθ rɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl /

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. erythredema,
  2. erythremia,
  3. erythremic myelosis,
  4. erythrism,
  5. erythrite,
  6. erythro-,
  7. erythroblast,
  8. erythroblastemia,
  9. erythroblastopenia,
  10. erythroblastosis

Origin of erythritol

First recorded in 1890–95; erythrite + -ol1

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British Dictionary definitions for erythritol

erythritol

erythrite

/ (ɪˈrɪθrɪˌtɒl) /

noun

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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