from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sweet white crystalline alcohol, C5H12O5, derived from xylose and used especially as a sugar substitute in oral health products.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a pentahydric alcohol, C5H12O5, penta-hydroxy pentane; derived from xylose; used as a sweetener
xyl(ose) + (sorb)itol.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin xylos ("wood or cotton-tree") + -itol ("anhydric alcohol") (Wiktionary)