xylitol

noun
xy·​li·​tol | \ ˈzī-lə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce xylitol (audio) , -ˌtōl \

Definition of xylitol

: a crystalline alcohol C5H12O5 that is a derivative of xylose, is obtained especially from birch bark, and is used as a sweetener

Examples of xylitol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other snacks that may cause serious consequences if consumed by a pet include grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chives, chocolate, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, alcohol, coffee, caffeine, and xylitol. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Tips for a pet-safe howliday season," 23 Dec. 2019 When the dog consumes xylitol, the body reacts by producing a big release of insulin. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: X marks a threat for dogs," 19 Oct. 2019 Sugar and the sugar-free ingredient xylitol can make dogs and cats very sick. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Don’t push pets to celebrate Halloween," 25 Oct. 2019 Dear Readers: Ingestion of the artificial sweetener xylitol is potentially life-threatening for your dog. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: X marks a threat for dogs," 19 Oct. 2019 Sonnenshein knows of one dog that died after getting into the compost and eating a muffin that had been sweetened with xylitol, a sugar alcohol used as an artificial sweetener that can rapidly lower a pets’ blood sugar and lead to death. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Gardening in the Bay Area: Gardening with your pets," 19 Sep. 2019 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 Feeding your canine dog-safe ice cream also ensures that your pet isn’t accidentally eating chocolate or xylitol — two ingredients that can be extremely dangerous for dogs to eat. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "PetSmart Is Giving Out Free Dog-Friendly Sundaes to Pups to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month," 8 July 2019 Sucrose has a glycemic index of 65; whereas sugar alcohols, like xylitol, have a glycemic index of around seven. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of xylitol

1891, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2019

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“Xylitol.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xylitol. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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xylitol

noun
xy·​li·​tol | \ ˈzī-lə-ˌtȯl How to pronounce xylitol (audio) , -ˌtōl How to pronounce xylitol (audio) \

Medical Definition of xylitol

: a crystalline alcohol C5H12O5 that is a derivative of xylose, is obtained especially from birch bark, and is used as a sweetener

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