ly·​co·​pene | \ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn \

Definition of lycopene 

: a carotenoid pigment C40H56 that is the red coloring matter of the tomato

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This gas increases the amount of lycopene in tomatoes, which is the chemical responsible for their vibrant color. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Pick the Best Tomatoes," 16 July 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 But a healthy diet that contains foods with lycopene can help balance out some of the damage. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Q&A: Can you use tomatoes as a natural alternative to sunscreen?," 30 June 2018 Other sources of lycopene include watermelon, red grapefruit and papaya, said Hermoni. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Q&A: Can you use tomatoes as a natural alternative to sunscreen?," 30 June 2018 Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant found to reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and possibly strokes. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Don’t avoid all packaged foods as unhealthy; some are good for you," 5 Mar. 2018 Blind tasting puts Louisville to the test Other sources of antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, the mineral selenium, and the phytochemical lycopene found in tomatoes. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Free radicals, antioxidants and why you should maybe drink more red wine," 5 Apr. 2018 Watermelon naturally contains antioxidants and free radical-fighting lycopene, a go-to ingredient for natural anti-aging skin care. Tara Paniogue,, "Watermelon for the skin: That's how K-beauty brand Glow Recipe proposes to get you ready for spring," 23 Mar. 2018 Look for red or pink varieties to get lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to have a role in cancer prevention and heart health., "Healthy family recipe: Grapefruit granita," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lycopene

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lycopene

International Scientific Vocabulary lycop- (from New Latin Lycopersicon, genus of herbs) + -ene

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ly·​co·​pene | \ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn \

Medical Definition of lycopene 

: a red pigment C40H56 isomeric with carotene that occurs in many ripe fruits (as the tomato)

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