Definition of sorbitan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôrbəˌtan/


[usually as modifier] Chemistry
Any of a group of compounds that are cyclic ethers derived from sorbitol or its derivatives.
Example sentences
  • Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate was obtained from Aldrich Chemical Company (Milwaukee, WI).
  • Therefore, it is inadvisable to add sorbitans to the solutions used in the investigation of the brain mechanisms.
  • For mixed films containing sorbitan trioleate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monoleate, condensation is observed for films of nearly equimolar composition.


1930s: blend of sorbitol and anhydride.

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Syllabification: sor·bi·tan

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