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a five-carbon sugar alcohol derived from xylose and as sweet as sucrose; used as a noncariogenic sweetener and also as a sugar substitute in diabetic diets.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An optically inactive sugar alcohol; often used as a sugar substitute in diabetic diets; the synthesis of xylitol from l-xylulose is blocked in individuals with idiopathic pentosuria.
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xylitol(zī′lĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, -tŏl′)
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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An optically inactive sugar alcohol; often used as a sugar substitute in the diets of patients with diabetes.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
xylitolA polyol sugar alcohol found in plums, strawberries, raspberries, and birch trees that reduces the growth of Streptococcus mutans and the resulting acid production which is the most important cause of dental caries. Xylitol-sweetened chewing gum has also been found effective in preventing OTITIS MEDIA.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An optically inactive sugar alcohol; often used as a sugar substitute in diabetic diets; synthesis of xylitol from l-xylulose is blocked in patients with idiopathic pentosuria.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012