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

Examples of carotene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, one supplement, beta carotene, was found to be more harmful than beneficial; the use of it to prevent cardiovascular diseases or cancer actually increased the chances of lung cancer and death. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Infused with roucou oil, filled with antioxidants and beta-carotene, this shampoo is ideal for adding hydration, softness, and shine to your mane. Casey Clark, SELF, 6 June 2022 Vitamins and supplements examined included vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, folic acid, selenium, zinc and other multivitamins. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 The review examined the impacts of popular supplements like beta carotene, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc, as well as multivitamins and vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 June 2022 This review looked at beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin D and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 The star ingredients avocado oil, shea butter, and beta-carotene improve under-eye skin texture. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Kids love fries, and these ones are filled with antioxidants like beta-carotene (which gives sweet potatoes their color), vitamins, and fiber. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Algae dunaliella salina, a form of a micro-algae, infuses your tired under eyes with rich beta-carotene and antioxidants that soothe the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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