Sorbitol is extensively utilized as sweetener in food processing industry with E number E420. It is considered to have good laxative property hence is used in medical sector for various formulations. This chemical compound has molecular formula C6H14O6 with molar mass of 182.17 g/mol. It is a sugar alcohol which appears as white colored crystalline powder having density of 1.49 g/cm3. This alcohol shows solubility in water and has melting point range of 94-96 degrees Celsius. Sorbitol is also extensively utilized for preparation of microbiological media that is used for bacterial culture. It possesses humectant & thickening ability which is useful in cosmetic industries.
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