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
Recent Examples of carotene from the Web
Benefits of onions include the high levels of Vitamin C and beta carotene found in their green tops, which my mom likes to chop and mix with cottage cheese.
The three genes give the rice seeds an ability to produce beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. In the developing world, vitamin A deficiencies cause thousands of deaths and cases of blindness each year.
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Origin and Etymology of carotene
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Late Latin carota carrot
First Known Use: 1853
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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