The polyhydric alcohols (polyols) may be divided into two classes, depending on whether or not they possess a ring structure. In this section consideration is given only to the acyclic polyols, which are known also as glykitols or sugar alcohols. The cyclic polyols (cyclitols) were reviewed fully by Fletcher in 1948, and are discussed further in the following section of this volume1.


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