from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white, crystalline, water-soluble, slightly sweet alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, used as a dietary supplement and dietetic sweetener and in medical tests of renal function.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a polyhydroxy alcohol, an isomer of sorbitol, used as an artificial sweetener
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A white crystalline hexose (HO.CH2.(CHOH)4.CH2.OH) of a sweet taste obtained from a so-called manna, the dried sap of the flowering ash (Fraxinus ornus); -- called also mannite, and hydroxy hexane. Cf. dulcite. It is used in pharmacy as excipient and diluent for solids and liquids. It is also used as a food additive for anti-caking properties, or as a sweetener, and, illegally, to "cut" (dilute) illegal drugs such as cocaine or heroin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mannite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diuretic (trade name Osmitrol) used to promote the excretion of urine
mannit(e) + -ol1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mannose + -itol (Wiktionary)