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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, C5H12O5, used in gum and oral health products to inhibit bacteria that cause caries and as a dietary sugar substitute.

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  • noun chemistry a pentahydric alcohol, C5H12O5, penta-hydroxy pentane; derived from xylose; used as a sweetener

Etymologies

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

[xyl(ose) + (sorb)itol.]

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From Latin xylos ("wood or cotton-tree") + -itol ("anhydric alcohol")

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