beta-carotene

noun
be·​ta-car·​o·​tene | \ ˈbā-tə-ˈker-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce beta-carotene (audio) , -ˈka-rə- \

Definition of beta-carotene

: an isomer of carotene found in dark green and dark yellow vegetables and fruits

First Known Use of beta-carotene

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Beta-carotene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beta-carotene. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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beta-carotene

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English Language Learners Definition of beta-carotene

technical : a natural substance that is found in dark green and dark yellow fruits and vegetables and that helps your body grow and be healthy

beta-carotene

noun
be·​ta-car·​o·​tene
variants: or β-carotene \ -​ˈkar-​ə-​ˌtēn How to pronounce β-carotene (audio) \

Medical Definition of beta-carotene

: a reddish-orange pigment that is an isomer of carotene found chiefly in orange and dark green and yellow vegetables and fruits (such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach) and that is converted to vitamin A in the body

Note: Beta-carotene is the most active and widespread provitamin A and is derived commercially from natural sources or is prepared synthetically.

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