Definition of pentitol in English:

pentitol

Pronunciation /ˈpɛntɪtɒl/

noun

Chemistry
  • Any of several isomeric pentahydric alcohols of the formula CH₂ OH·(CHOH)₃ ·CH₂ OH, derived from pentose sugars and often present in plant tissues, such as arabitol, ribitol, and xylitol.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Julius Berend Cohen (1859–1935). From pent- + -itol.