[ man-i-tawl, -tol ]
/ ˈmæn ɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl /
Chemistry. a white, crystalline, sweetish, water-soluble, carbohydrate alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, occurring in three optically different forms, the common one being found in the manna of the ash Fraxinus ornus and in other plants: used chiefly in the manufacture of resins, electrolytic condensers for radios, plasticizers, and mannitol hexanitrate, and as a pill excipient.
Pharmacology. the substance used as an osmotic diuretic to reduce intraocular and intracranial pressures.
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British Dictionary definitions for mannitol
/ (ˈmænɪˌtɒl) /
a white crystalline water-soluble sweet-tasting alcohol, found in plants and used in diet sweets and as a dietary supplement (E421). Formula: C 6 H 14 O 6
Derived forms of mannitolmannitic (məˈnɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for mannitol
from mannose + -ite ² + -ol 1
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Medical definitions for mannitol
[ măn′ĭ-tôl′, -tōl′ ]
A white, crystalline, water-soluble, slightly sweet alcohol, used as a dietary supplement and dietetic sweetener and in medical tests of renal function.
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Scientific definitions for mannitol
[ măn′ĭ-tôl′, -tōl′ ]
A white, crystalline, water-soluble, slightly sweet alcohol that is used as a dietary supplement and dietetic sweetener and in medical tests of kidney function. Mannitol occurs naturally as an important food storage and transportation molecule in brown algae like kelp. Chemical formula: C6H14O6.
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