carotene

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

Definition of carotene

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of carotene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Late Latin carota carrot


First Known Use: 1853


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carotene

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noun car·o·tene \ˈkar-ə-ˌtēn\

Medical Definition of carotene

  1. :  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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