Definition of pentitol in US English:

pentitol

noun

Chemistry
  • Any of several isomeric pentahydric alcohols of the formula CH₂OH·(CHOH)₃·CH₂OH, derived from pentose sugars and often present in plant tissues, such as arabitol, ribitol, and xylitol.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Julius Berend Cohen (1859–1935). From pent- + -itol.

Pronunciation

pentitol

/ˈpɛntɪtɒl/