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

Examples of lycopene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the most hydrating food on this list is tomatoes, due mostly in part to their presence of lycopene—a powerful antioxidant that research has shown to protect the skin specifically. Joey Skladany, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Dec. 2021 Though research results are mixed, some studies show that higher intakes of dietary lycopene can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 Skincare aside, the lycopene in the melon is also an excellent for your cardiovascular system. Serena Coady, Glamour, 4 June 2021 The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes can potentially prevent cancer and supports a healthy immune system. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 18 Mar. 2021 Watermelon is full of antioxidants, such as lycopene, which keep you healthy overall, prevent disease and reduce inflammation in your body. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 27 Feb. 2021 One disease-fighting agent in watermelon is a phytonutrient called lycopene. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 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,, 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,, 12 Aug. 2020

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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 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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