Definition of sorbitol in English:


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


  • A sweet-tasting crystalline compound found in some fruit.
    • A hexahydric alcohol; chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)4CH2OH
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    • 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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