sorbitol

[sawr-bi-tawl, -tol]
noun Biochemistry.
a white, crystalline, sweet, water-soluble powder, C 6 H 8 (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.

Origin:
1890–95; sorb1 + -itol

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sorbitol (ˈsɔːbɪˌtɒl)
 
n
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: C6H8(OH)6
 
[C19: from sorb + -itol]

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sorbitol sor·bi·tol (sôr'bĭ-tôl', -tōl')
n.
A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol occurring naturally or prepared synthetically, used as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.

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sorbitol   (sôr'bĭ-tôl', -tōl')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Some food additives such as nutmeg and sorbitol may cause diarrhea in certain people.
Some sunscreens and lotions contain sorbitol, a carbohydrate that can be absorbed through skin.
Cathartics such as sorbitol are sometimes used in response to poisoning.
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