Sorbitol Definition

sôrbĭ-tôl, -tōl, -tŏl
A sweet, white, odorless, crystalline alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, found in certain berries and fruits, used as a moistening agent in lotions or creams, as a sugar substitute, etc.
Webster's New World

(organic chemistry) A sugar alcohol (2R,3S,4S,5S)-hexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol used as an artificial sweetener.


Origin of Sorbitol

  • sorb (since it was first isolated from the berries of the rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia)) –it(e) –ol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From sorbus (“service tree") + -itol (“polyhydric alcohols")

    From Wiktionary

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