from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, found in various berries and fruits or prepared synthetically and used as a flavoring agent, a sugar substitute for people with diabetes, and a moisturizer in cosmetics and other products.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sugar alcohol (2R,3S,4S,5S)-hexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol used as an artificial sweetener
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sorbite, 1, which term it has now superseded.
sorb2 + -it(e)2 + -ol1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From sorbus ("service tree") + -itol ("polyhydric alcohols") (Wiktionary)