Definition of erythritol in English:

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erythritol

Pronunciation: /əˈriTHrətôl/
Pronunciation: /əˈriTHrəˌtäl/

noun

Chemistry
A sweet substance extracted from certain lichens and algae. It is used medicinally as a vasodilator.
  • A tetrahydric alcohol; chemical formula: C4H10O4.
Example sentences
  • Using the all-natural sweetener erythritol, found in grapes and melons, the healthful beverage is the first light yogurt product to achieve reduced sugar and calories without the use of aspartame or sucralose.
  • Erythritol is made by breaking down food starch into glucose.
  • Erythritol has been used in Japan since 1990 in candies, chocolates, soft drinks, chewing gums, yogurts and sugar substitutes.

Origin

Late 19th century: from erythrite (earlier name for erythritol) + -ol.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·ryth·ri·tol

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