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sorbitol

[sawr-bi-tawl, -tol]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline, sweet, water-soluble powder, C6H8(OH)6, occurring in cherries, plums, pears, seaweed, and many berries, obtained by the breakdown of dextrose and used as a sugar substitute for diabetics and in the manufacture of vitamin C, synthetic resins, candy, varnishes, etc.; sorbol.
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Origin of sorbitol

First recorded in 1890–95; sorb1 + -itol
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British Dictionary definitions for sorbitol

sorbitol

noun
  1. a white water-soluble crystalline alcohol with a sweet taste, found in certain fruits and berries and manufactured by the catalytic hydrogenation of sucrose: used as a sweetener (E420) and in the manufacture of ascorbic acid and synthetic resins. Formula: C 6 H 8 (OH) 6
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Word Origin

C19: from sorb + -itol
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sorbitol in Medicine

sorbitol

(sôrbĭ-tôl′, -tōl′)
n.
  1. A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol occurring naturally or prepared synthetically, used as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
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sorbitol in Science

sorbitol

[sôrbĭ-tôl′, -tōl′]
  1. A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol found in various berries and fruits or prepared synthetically. It is used as a flavoring agent, a sugar substitute for people with diabetes, and a moisturizer in cosmetics and other products. Chemical formula: C6H14O6.
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