carotene

noun
car·o·tene | \ˈker-ə-ˌtēn, ˈka-rə-\

Definition of carotene 

: any of several orange or red crystalline hydrocarbon pigments (such 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

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Beta-carotene is a key component for glowing skin, increasing its healing ability by fighting infection and noticeable signs of inflammation. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crunchy carrots are a sweet bundle of nutrition," 14 Mar. 2018 Beta-carotene supplements may even increase the risk for lung cancer in some people, the researchers say. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Cut out fruit juice to slash your chance of getting cancer, experts say. Also bacon. | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Calendula Calendula is a beautiful bright orange flower native to the Middle East that’s packed with the antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Meet The Registered Nurse And Herbalist Who Grows Her Own Natural Cures," 28 Aug. 2017 Very high in vitamin A, carrots also contain vitamin K, beta-carotene, fiber and phytochemicals. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Sweet Potatoes Adding these beta-carotene-rich starches into your daily diet can actually combat lackluster complexions. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Get Better Skin by Next Week With These 9 Beauty Foods," 5 May 2018 These include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, several B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, iodine, selenium, borate, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, beta-carotene, and iron. Korin Miller, Allure, "Do You Need to Take a Multivitamin? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 3 May 2018 Melanin determines how light or dark skin appears; hemoglobin influences rosiness, and carotene influences yellowness. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Pinterest Wants to Diversify Your Search Results," 26 Apr. 2018 Early studies, for example, suggested that beta carotene, a substance found in carrots, might help prevent cancer. Liz Szabo, CNN, "Enthusiasm over vitamins often outpaces evidence, experts say," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of carotene

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carotene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Late Latin carota carrot

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carotene

noun
car·o·tene | \ˈkar-ə-ˌtēn \

Medical Definition of carotene 

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

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