sorbitol

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

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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Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Capsules, $6.59 per 100 count on Amazon.com, contain no sorbitol. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, "8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)," 25 Mar. 2017 Researchers assigned 1,009 people with sore throats to one of three groups: no chewing gum, xylitol gum, or sorbitol gum without xylitol. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "For Sore Throat, Xylitol and Probiotics Offer No Benefits Over Placebo," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sorbitol

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorbitol

sorb fruit of the service or related trees + -itol

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Dictionary Entries near sorbitol

sorbet

sorbic acid

sorbite

sorbitol

Sorbonist

sorboside

sorbus

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The first known use of sorbitol was in 1895

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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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