Definition of erythritol in English:

erythritol

noun

mass nounChemistry
  • A sweet substance extracted from certain lichens and algae. It is used medicinally as a vasodilator.

    • ‘Erythritol is made by breaking down food starch into glucose.’
    • ‘Erythritol has been used in Japan since 1990 in candies, chocolates, soft drinks, chewing gums, yogurts and sugar substitutes.’
    • ‘Using the all-natural sweetener erythritol, found in grapes and melons, the healthful beverage is the first light yogurt product to achieve reduced sugar and calories without the use of aspartame or sucralose.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from erythrite (earlier name for erythritol) + -ol.

Pronunciation

erythritol

/ɪˈrɪθrɪtɒl/