Definition of ribitol in English:

ribitol

Syllabification: ri·bi·tol
Pronunciation: /ˈrībiˌtôl, -ˌtōl
 
/

noun

Chemistry
  • A colorless crystalline compound that is formed by reduction of ribose and occurs in certain plants.
    • An alcohol; chemical formula: HOCH2(CHOH)3CH2OH
    More example sentences
    • A single molecule of ribitol or arabitol was positioned in the periplasmic space at the beginning of each interactive simulation.
    • The ribitol teichoic acid is usually in the cell wall, and the glycerol teichoic acid is in the cell membrane, the periplasmic region, or in the cell.
    • These clones putatively encode UDP-galactose 4-epimerase, trehalose - 6-phosphate phosphatase, glucose and ribitol dehydrogenase, and ribitol dehydrogenase.

Origin

1940s: from ribose + -ite1 + -ol.

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