variants or less commonly astacene
plural -s
: a red carotenoid ketone pigment C40H48O4 found especially in crustaceans (as in boiled lobster shell) and obtained by oxidation of astaxanthin

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary astac- (from New Latin Astacus) + -in or -ene

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“Astacin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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