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xylitol

[ zahy-li-tawl, -tol ]
/ ˈzaɪ lɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl /
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noun Biochemistry.

a naturally occurring pentose sugar alcohol, C5H12O5, used as a sugar substitute.

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Origin of xylitol

<German Xylit (1891), equivalent to Xyl(ose) xylose + -it-ite1; see -itol
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British Dictionary definitions for xylitol

xylitol
/ (ˈzaɪlɪˌtɒl) /

noun

chem an artificial sweetener produced from xylose and used esp in chewing gum. Formula: CH 2 HOH(CHOH) 3 CH 2 OH

Word Origin for xylitol

C19: from xyl (ose) + -ite ² + -ol 1
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Medical definitions for xylitol

xylitol
[ zīlĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, -tŏl′ ]

n.

A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose and used especially as a sugar substitute in oral health products.
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Scientific definitions for xylitol

xylitol
[ zīlĭ-tôl′, -tōl′ ]

A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose and used as a sugar substitute. Chemical formula: C5H12O5.
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