Definition of sorbitan in English:


Syllabification: sor·bi·tan
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrbəˌtan


[usually as modifier] Chemistry
  • Any of a group of compounds that are cyclic ethers derived from sorbitol or its derivatives.
    More 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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