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sorbitol

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noun sor·bi·tol \ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl, -ˌtōl\

Definition of sorbitol

  1. :  a faintly sweet alcohol C6H14O6 that occurs in some fruits, is made synthetically, and is used especially as a humectant and softener and in making ascorbic acid



Origin of sorbitol

sorb fruit of the service or related trees + -itol


First Known Use: 1895


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sorbitol

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noun sor·bi·tol \ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl, -ˌtōl\

Medical Definition of sorbitol

  1. :  a faintly sweet alcohol C6H14O6 that occurs especially in fruits of the mountain ash (genus Sorbus), is made synthetically, and is used especially as a humectant, a softener, and a sweetener and in making ascorbic acid




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