ly·​co·​pene | \ ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn How to pronounce lycopene (audio) \

Definition of lycopene

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

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Recent Examples on the Web One disease-fighting agent in watermelon is a phytonutrient called lycopene. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Watermelon appetizer loaded with nutritious lycopene," 5 Sep. 2020 For the most lycopene, opt for traditional pink flesh watermelon, which packs much more of the antioxidant compared to yellow and orange varieties. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "8 Health Benefits of Watermelon, According to a Nutritionist," 12 Aug. 2020 The protection lycopene provides reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "8 Health Benefits of Watermelon, According to a Nutritionist," 12 Aug. 2020 Research shows that lycopene affects the cardiovascular system in a number of ways. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "7 Surprising Health Benefits of Tomatoes," 20 July 2020 This sauce is packed with lycopene, a disease-fighting phytonutrient in tomato products. Detroit Free Press, "Creamy Marinara sauce: A breeze to make and packed with nutrient-rich tomatoes," 29 May 2020 The tikka masala sauce is full of items like tomatoes for lycopene and lots of warming spices and herbs with a medium heat. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The best and healthiest things to buy at ALDI, according to dietitians," 26 Feb. 2020 Tomato paste provides lycopene, a phytonutrient that some studies show may help reduce prostate cancer risk. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl food: Easy twist on sloppy joes has a horseradish kick," 24 Jan. 2020 Fresh watermelon is a great source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, and according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, has more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Callie Blount,, "This watermelon ice pop recipe is a summer hit," 18 July 2019

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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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“Lycopene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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ly·​co·​pene | \ ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn How to pronounce lycopene (audio) \

Medical Definition of lycopene

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

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