Xylitol meaning

zīlĭ-tôl, -tōl, -tŏl
A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, C5 H12 O5 , used in gum and oral health products to inhibit bacteria that cause caries and as a dietary sugar substitute.
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A crystalline alcohol, CH2OH(CHOH)3CH2OH, derived from the sugar xylose, used as a sweetener.
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A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, C5 H12 O5 , used in gum and oral health products to inhibit bacteria that cause caries and as a dietary sugar substitute.
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A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose and used as a sugar substitute. Chemical formula: C5H12O5.
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(chemistry) A pentahydric alcohol, C5H12O5, penta-hydroxy pentane; derived from xylose; used as a sweetener.
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Origin of xylitol

  • xyl(ose) (sorb)itol

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

  • From Latin xylos (“wood or cotton-tree”) + -itol (“anhydric alcohol”)

    From Wiktionary