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A polyhydric alcohol with about half the sweetness of sucrose. Sorbitol occurs naturally and is also produced synthetically from glucose. It was formerly used as a diuretic and may still be used as a laxative and in irrigating solutions for some surgical procedures. It is also used in many manufacturing processes, as a pharmaceutical aid, and in several research applications.

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Tree Number(s): D02.033.800.813, D09.853.813

MeSH Unique ID: D013012

Registry Number: 506T60A25R

Entry Terms:

  • Glucitol
  • Yal
  • Sorbilax
  • klysma Sorbit
  • Medevac

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