Definition of mannitol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪtɒl/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol which is found in many plants and is used in various foods and medical products.
  • Chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)4CH2OH.
Example sentences
  • The most common sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol.
  • Many diabetic patients replace sugary foods with dietetic foods that contain sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol.
  • Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.


Late 19th century: from mannite (from manna + -ite1), in the same sense, + -ol.

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