Definition of mannitol in English:


Line breaks: man|ni¦tol
Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪtɒl


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A colourless sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol which is found in many plants and is used in various foods and medical products.
    • Chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)4CH2OH
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    • The most common sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol.
    • Many diabetic patients replace sugary foods with dietetic foods that contain sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol.
    • Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.


late 19th century: from mannite (from manna + -ite1), in the same sense, + -ol.

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