Definition of arabitol in English:

arabitol

Pronunciation /əˈrabɪtɒl/

noun

Chemistry
  • A crystalline, sweet-tasting alcohol resulting from reduction of arabinose, occurring in plant tissues and formed by the metabolism of Candida albicans and some other bacteria.

    Arabitol is a pentahydric alcohol. Formula: CH₂OH(CHOH)₃CH₂OH. There are two optical isomers of which the d-form is more common.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From arab- + -itol, after German Arabit.