A colorless sweet-tasting crystalline compound that is found in many plants and is used in various foods and medical products.
- ‘Even if you haven't heard of mannitol, chances are you've eaten this minty-tasting sugar alcohol as a powdery coating on chewing gum, candies, or pills.’
- ‘The most common sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol.’
- ‘Many diabetic patients replace sugary foods with dietetic foods that contain sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol.’
- ‘In addition, some sugar-free, low-calorie candies may contain sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol or mannitol.’
- ‘Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.’
Late 19th century: from mannite, in the same sense, + -ol.