Definition of canthaxanthin
: a naturally occurring carotenoid C40H52O2 used especially as a color additive for food
Origin of canthaxanthin
International Scientific Vocabulary cantha- (from New Latin Cantharellus cinnabarinus, mushroom species from which it was obtained) + xanth- + 1-in
First Known Use: circa 1951
Medical Definition of canthaxanthin
: a carotenoid C40H52O2 used especially as a color additive for food
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