Polyhydroxy alcohol; a sugar that contains many —OH (-ol) groups, such as the sugar alcohol s and inositols.
- p. dehydrogenases oxidizing enzymes that catalyze the dehydrogenation of sugar alcohol s to monosaccharides (in EC class 1.1), e.g., l-iditol dehydrogenase and aldose reductase.

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poly·ol 'päl-ē-.ȯl, -.ōl n a compound (as sorbitol or pentaerythritol) containing usu. several alcoholic hydroxyl groups

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poly·ol (polґe-ol) an alcohol containing more than two hydroxyl groups, e.g., sugar alcohols, inositol. Called also polyhydric alcohol.

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