sor·​bi·​tol | \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce sorbitol (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web This also explains why there’s a warning label on sugarless chewing gum made with sorbitol. Rachel Boller,, 18 Apr. 2021 Support healthy digestion: The fiber content of prunes may be to thank for their laxative effect, but scientists point to the combination of fiber, phenolic compounds and sorbitol within prunes that are likely what does the trick. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 18 Feb. 2021 Anything containing honey, agave, or sorbitol should be eliminated from your routine for the first few phases of the diet. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 26 Jan. 2020 The sugar alcohols include sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, mannitol, erythritol, and maltitol. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, 3 July 2019 Unlike the originals, these compact tins use sorbitol in place of sugar and come in a more pocket-friendly size. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 7 Dec. 2018 Skip apples, dried fruit and mangoes and opt instead for fruits lower in fructose or sorbitol, like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe, pineapple and oranges. SELF, 30 Nov. 2018 Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Capsules, $6.59 per 100 count on, contain no sorbitol. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, 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, 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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The first known use of sorbitol was in 1895

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“Sorbitol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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sor·​bi·​tol | \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce sorbitol (audio) , -ˌtōl How to pronounce sorbitol (audio) \

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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