Definition of xylitol in English:


Line breaks: xyli|tol
Pronunciation: /ˈzʌɪlɪtɒl


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, present in some plant tissues and used as an artificial sweetener in foods.
    • Chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)3CH2OH
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    • Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.
    • And for some products, sugar alcohols such as xylitol, glycerine and other sweeteners such as lo-han and stevia have replaced cane sugar in bars and drinks to bring down their carb counts.
    • Take a toothbrush to work for a quick after-lunch cleanup, or chew sugarless gum between meals; some brands contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which inhibits bacteria growth.


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

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