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 (măn′ĭ-tôl′, -tōl′, -tŏl′)
A white, crystalline, water-soluble, slightly sweet alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, found in plants, algae, and fungi. It is used in medicine, especially for its diuretic properties, and in foods as a sweetener and texturizer.

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(ˈmænɪˌtɒl) or


(Elements & Compounds) a white crystalline water-soluble sweet-tasting alcohol, found in plants and used in diet sweets and as a dietary supplement (E421). Formula: C6H14O6
[from mannose + -ite2 + -ol1]
mannitic adj
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(ˈmæn ɪˌtɔl, -ˌtɒl)

a hexahydric sugar alcohol, C6H14O6, present in many plants or synthesized, used in dietetic foods and in medicine.
[1875–80; mannite an earlier name (see manna, -ite1)]
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Noun1.mannitol - a diuretic (trade name Osmitrol) used to promote the excretion of urine
diuretic, diuretic drug, water pill - any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, which causes the body to get rid of excess water
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