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[zahy-li-tawl, -tol] /ˈzaɪ lɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl/
noun, Biochemistry
a naturally occurring pentose sugar alcohol, C 5 H 12 O 5 , used as a sugar substitute.
< German Xylit (1891), equivalent to Xyl(ose) xylose + -it -ite1; see -itol Unabridged
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  • It does this because the sweetener xylitol has been added to the soles.
  • xylitol can also cause abdominal discomfort, and experts say more long-term study is needed.
British Dictionary definitions for xylitol


(chem) an artificial sweetener produced from xylose and used esp in chewing gum. Formula: CH2HOH(CHOH)3CH2OH
Word Origin
C19: from xyl(ose) + -ite² + -ol1
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xylitol in Science
  (zī'lĭ-tôl', -tōl')   
A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose and used as a sugar substitute. Chemical formula: C5H12O5.
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