Definition of erythritol in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • A sweet substance extracted from certain lichens and algae. It is used medicinally as a vasodilator.

    A tetrahydric alcohol; chemical formula: C₄H₁₀O₄

    • ‘Using the all-natural sweetener erythritol, found in grapes and melons, the healthful beverage is the first light yogurt product to achieve reduced sugar and calories without the use of aspartame or sucralose.’
    • ‘Erythritol is made by breaking down food starch into glucose.’
    • ‘Erythritol has been used in Japan since 1990 in candies, chocolates, soft drinks, chewing gums, yogurts and sugar substitutes.’


Late 19th century from erythrite (earlier name for erythritol) + -ol.