car·​o·​tene | \ ˈker-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce carotene (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Vitamin C-rich fruits (oranges, grapefruit, etc.) are also good, as are beta-carotene–rich carrots. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, "Eye Doctors Debunk 5 Common Myths (Plus, 3 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy)," 7 Apr. 2020 Both are great sources of vitamins and minerals, particularly antioxidants like beta-carotene. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Butternut Squash Healthy? All the Nutritional Benefits of This Fall Superfood," 3 Sep. 2019 Palm oil is loaded with beta-carotene, which gives the oil its natural reddish color. Ian Burke, Saveur, "The Complete Guide to Cooking Oils," 10 Oct. 2018 The beta carotene concentration was far too low, and researchers did not know if the plants would grow well. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 Cheddar cheese was produced from cows whose grass diet was high in beta-carotene, which lent an orange pigment to their milk. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Why Is Cheddar Cheese Orange Sometimes?," 17 Dec. 2019 Packed with vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and fiber, spinach is also an exceptionally rich source of three carotenoids — beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Three-cheese pizza pockets: Here's how to make them healthier," 21 Dec. 2019 The loss of green chlorophyll reveals the leaves’ underlying colors, which are mainly due to a yellow pigment called xanthophyll and an orange pigment called carotene — the same pigment that makes carrots orange. Beth Botts,, "Nitty-gritty details create glory of autumn leaves," 14 Oct. 2019 And that all comes back to the cows When cows graze on fresh grass, beta carotene, the red-orange pigment found naturally in many plants, eventually ends up in the milk. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Finally: The Difference Between White and Orange Cheddar Cheese Explained," 17 Oct. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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car·​o·​tene | \ ˈkar-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce carotene (audio) \

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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