Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sorbite, 1, which term it has now superseded.

Etymologies

sorb2 + -it(e)2 + -ol1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From sorbus ("service tree") + -itol ("polyhydric alcohols") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some sugars are even harder to find and go by the name sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, and malitol.

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  • Ion exchange resins, mixed with a cathartic called sorbitol, have long been used to treat hyperkalemia.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Do be ware that sometimes, for instance, diabetic or sugar-free products contain something called sorbitol, which again, is a sugar alcohol level, but contained, excuse me, ingested in high amounts may affect your gastrointestinal tract and cause some discomfort.

    eHow - Health How To's

  • If there is an excess of glucose in the body from high carbohydrates and it’s converted into an excess of sorbitol, which is then stored in the eye, cataracts are the result.

    Human Eye: Part 3

  • Check the other foods you eat, too: Some people develop gas because they lack the enzyme to digest dairy products; others have a tough time with sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and maltitol; and starches (except for rice) can make you as gassy as an OPEC nation.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • In addition, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol that is found in some gums can give you gas.

    Livescience.com

  • Glycerin also competes on a cost basis in most markets with some other chemicals, such as sorbitol, propylene glycol and pentaerythritol, so demand and pricing swings are usually minimal.

    Purchasing - Top Stories

  • Likewise, products that contain sugar alcohols - such as sorbitol, xylitol and mannitol - aren't necessarily low in carbohydrates or calories.

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  • Ajisen said that since January of last year, Chinese authorities have allowed the use of sorbitol in noodles.

    Noodle Affair Simmers

  • The company confirmed the report and said it stopped using sorbitol immediately after the Chinese authorities brought an action in 2009.

    Noodle Affair Simmers

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