scyl·​li·​tol | \ ˈsiləˌtȯl, -tōl \
plural -s

Definition of scyllitol

: an optically inactive sweet crystalline polyhydroxy alcohol C6H6(OH)6 that is found especially in the dogfish, in the leaves of the coconut palm, in flowering dogwood, and in acorns

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History and Etymology for scyllitol

New Latin Scyllium, genus name of the dogfish Scyllium canicula (from Greek skylion dogfish) + International Scientific Vocabulary -itol

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“Scyllitol.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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