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xylitol Line breaks: xyli|tol
Pronunciation: /ˈzʌɪlɪtɒl/

Definition of xylitol in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, present in some plant tissues and used as an artificial sweetener in foods.
  • Chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)3CH2OH
Example sentences
  • Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.
  • And for some products, sugar alcohols such as xylitol, glycerine and other sweeteners such as lo-han and stevia have replaced cane sugar in bars and drinks to bring down their carb counts.
  • Take a toothbrush to work for a quick after-lunch cleanup, or chew sugarless gum between meals; some brands contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which inhibits bacteria growth.


Late 19th century: from xylose + -ite1 + -ol.

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