man·​ni·​tol | \ ˈma-nə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce mannitol (audio) , -ˌtōl\

Definition of mannitol

: 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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The sugar alcohols include sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, mannitol, erythritol, and maltitol. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 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, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 The new version replaced the lactose with citric acid and mannitol, a sugar alcohol. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Police raid Merck pharmaceutical plant amid mysterious drug crisis," 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, "France brings back a phased-out drug after patients rebel against its replacement," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mannitol

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mannitol

mannite + -ol entry 1

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man·​ni·​tol | \ ˈman-ə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce mannitol (audio) , -ˌtōl How to pronounce mannitol (audio) \

Medical Definition of mannitol

: 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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