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xy·li·tol

 (zī′lĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, -tŏl′)
n.
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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xylitol

(ˈzaɪlɪˌtɒl)
n
1. (Cookery) chem an artificial sweetener produced from xylose and used esp in chewing gum. Formula: CH2HOH(CHOH)3CH2OH
2. (Chemistry) chem an artificial sweetener produced from xylose and used esp in chewing gum. Formula: CH2HOH(CHOH)3CH2OH
[C19: from xyl(ose) + -ite2 + -ol1]
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xy•li•tol

(ˈzaɪ lɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl)

n.
a naturally occurring pentose sugar alcohol, C5H12O5, used as a sugar substitute.
[< German Xylit (1891)]
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Gum chewers were given sticks sweetened with either xylitol (a birch sugar) or sorbitol, or told not to chew gum.
Xylitol, also known as birch sugar, is used in chewing gum to prevent cavities and has been shown to have antibacterial properties in lab tests.
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