Definition of sorbitol in English:


Line breaks: sorb|itol
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːbɪtɒl


[mass noun] Chemistry
A sweet-tasting crystalline compound found in some fruit.
  • A hexahydric alcohol; chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)4CH2OH
More example sentences
  • Mixtures containing sorbitol, glucose, fructose, sucrose, and maltose were used as standards every fifth sample.
  • The reduction of single-channel conductance was found only when sorbitol and glucose were applied.
  • The polyol pathway uses the enzyme aldose reductase to convert glucose to sorbitol.


late 19th century: from sorb + -ite1 + -ol.

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