mannitol

noun

man·​ni·​tol ˈma-nə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce mannitol (audio)
-ˌtōl
: a slightly sweet crystalline alcohol C6H14O6 found in many plants and used especially as a diuretic and in testing kidney function

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Be sure not to rinse it first: The white specks on the surface aren't packaging residue but deposits of mannitol sugar, which contribute to its sweetness and umami. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 29 Oct. 2019 The sugar alcohols include sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, mannitol, erythritol, and maltitol. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, 3 July 2019 Some alternative health providers may suggest a notoriously unreliable test to look at the level of indigestible sugars (lactulose and mannitol) in your urine. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 19 Mar. 2019 The new version replaced the lactose with citric acid and mannitol, a sugar alcohol. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2017 The new version contains mannitol and citric acid—both innocuous and widely used as excipients—instead of lactose. Yves Sciama, Science | AAAS, 27 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

mannite + -ol entry 1

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mannitol was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Mannitol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mannitol. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

mannitol

noun

man·​ni·​tol ˈman-ə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce mannitol (audio) -ˌtōl How to pronounce mannitol (audio)
: a slightly sweet crystalline alcohol C6H14O6 found in many plants and used especially as a diuretic and in testing kidney function

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