carotene

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car·o·tene

noun \ˈker-ə-ˌtēn, ˈka-rə-\

Definition of CAROTENE

:  any of several orange or red crystalline hydrocarbon pigments (as C40H56) that occur in the chromoplasts of plants and in the fatty tissues of plant-eating animals and are convertible to vitamin A — compare beta-carotene

Origin of CAROTENE

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Late Latin carota carrot
First Known Use: 1861

car·o·tene

noun \ˈkar-ə-ˌtēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CAROTENE

: any of several orange or red crystalline hydrocarbon pigments (as C40H56) that occur in the chromoplasts of plants and in the fatty tissues of plant-eating animals and are convertible to vitamin A—see beta-carotene

carotene

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several organic compounds widely distributed in plants and animals. They are pigments that give orange, yellow, or sometimes red colours to, for example, dandelions, apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, butter, egg yolks, canary feathers, and lobster shells. Carotenes are converted in the body into vitamin A, but, unlike the vitamin, they are not toxic even at high doses. Carotene has an antioxidant effect and is therefore used in pharmaceuticals and as a food and feed additive, as well as to colour margarine and butter.

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