a sweet, white, odorless, crystalline alcohol, CH(OH), found in certain berries and fruits, used as a moistening agent in lotions or creams, as a sugar substitute, etc.
Origin of sorbitolsorb + -it(e) + -ol
A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, found in various berries and fruits or prepared synthetically and used as a flavoring agent, a sugar substitute for people with diabetes, and a moisturizer in cosmetics and other products.
Origin of sorbitolsorb 2 ( since it was first isolated from the berries of the rowan tree ( Sorbus aucuparia ) ) -it(e) 2 -ol 1
(countable and uncountable, plural sorbitols)
From sorbus (“service tree") + -itol (“polyhydric alcohols")