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- n. A sugar alcohol derived from the pentose arabinose
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There are other polyols that are found in elevated concentrations during the winter, but not in the molar quantities of an antifreeze solute (the combined effect, however, is to further reduce the freezing point of the solution); these include inositol, fucitol, arabitol, zylitol, rhamnitol, and ribitol.
Reiner AM (1983) Genotypic exclusion: a novel relationship between the ribitol-arabitol and galactitol genes of E. coli.