What does xylitol mean?

Definitions for xylitolˈzaɪ lɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl

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  1. xylitol(Noun)

    a pentahydric alcohol, CHO, penta-hydroxy pentane; derived from xylose; used as a sweetener

  2. Origin: From xylos + -itol


  1. Xylitol

    Xylitol, categorized as a polyalcohol, has applications in hygiene and nutraceutical formulations and products. Xylitol has the formula (CHOH)3(CH2OH)2 and is an achiral isomer of pentane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol. Xylitol could function as a diabetic sweetener which is roughly as sweet as sucrose with 33% fewer calories. Unlike other natural or synthetic sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing caries to a third in regular use and tooth remineralization, and also has been shown to reduce the incidence of acute middle ear infection. Xylitol is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as corn husks and sugar cane bagasse, and birch. However, industrial production starts from xylan extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into xylose and catalytically hydrogenated into xylitol.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Xylitol

    A five-carbon sugar alcohol derived from XYLOSE by reduction of the carbonyl group. It is as sweet as sucrose and used as a noncariogenic sweetener.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of xylitol in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of xylitol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deborah Moore:

    Xylitol is known in the laboratory to kill the main bacteria that cause tooth decay, which is why it was singled out as having possible preventive effects on tooth decay.

  2. Michael Miller:

    It’s best to avoid xylitol completely and use other sugar substitutes, if you cannot avoid using products containing xylitol, then make absolutely sure they are stored safely out of reach of your pets.

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