xylitol

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

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 Chocolate, grapes, raisins and citrus are toxic to dogs and cats, as is the sweetener xylitol that may be used in marijuana gummies. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Glenn snapped pictures and continued to report on his and the spacecraft's condition, successfully controlling the capsule's altitude and eating a tube of applesauce and a xylitol pill before he was given the OK for his second orbit. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2022 Researchers tested whether chewing gum made with the sweetener xylitol could help. Laura Ungar, chicagotribune.com, 3 Feb. 2022 The inner band feels cool to the touch, courtesy of a fabric with moisture-absorbing xylitol crystals. Svati Kirsten Narula, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Experts say there is some scientific evidence that both xylitol and hydrogen peroxide can have an antiviral effect. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Bailey says dogs are more at risk for eating human foods that are toxic, like chocolate or snacks containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2020 Those planning to do so should take care that their pets are kept away from the eggs, as many candies contain toxic xylitol or chocolate. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2020 Some brands are now using xylitol to sweeten their product. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of xylitol

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xylitol was in 1891

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26 Apr 2022

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“Xylitol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xylitol. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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