sorbitol

noun sor·bi·tol \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl , -ˌtōl \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sorbitol

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of sorbitol

sorb fruit of the service or related trees + -itol


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sorbitol

noun sor·bi·tol \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl , -ˌtōl \

medical Definition of sorbitol

: 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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