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sorbitol

Syllabification: sor·bi·tol
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrbiˌtôl, -ˌtäl
 
/

Definition of sorbitol in English:

noun

Chemistry
A sweet-tasting crystalline compound found in some fruit.
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.

Origin

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

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