ly·​co·​pene ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn How to pronounce lycopene (audio)
: a carotenoid pigment C40H56 that is the red coloring matter of the tomato

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Watermelon has a host of health benefits including protecting one's joints from inflammation, improving digestive conditions, and being more rich in lycopene than any other fruit. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023 The lycopene is tomato-based—not cannabis-based—and is found in watermelon, grapefruit, and other reddish-pink fruits. Benjamin Adams, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Liberating Antioxidants Cooked tomatoes, for example, exude more lycopene, an antioxidant that gives red and pink fruits and vegetables their color. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2020 Unlike their yellow counterpart, Pinkglow pineapples contain lycopene, a pigment that gives the color to produce items like tomatoes and watermelons. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Apr. 2023 Tomatoes Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may help improve blood flow and reduce inflammation. Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2023 This version now offers the lightest possible texture infused with the brand’s exclusive L.O.V.E. Complex – which stands for lycopene, olive oil, vitamin A & E, and vital fatty acids – helping your lips stay soft and supple without sacrificing pigment, with up to 8 hours of lasting power. Essence, 17 Feb. 2022 Containing all the healthy goodness of a tomato and the smoky flavor and texture of jerky, these delicious snacks offer 6g of protein and are a great source of lycopene, potassium and fiber and come in flavors like Teriyaki & Cracked Pepper, Sriracha and Hickory Smoked. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Studies have shown that consuming more lycopene is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lycopene was circa 1929

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“Lycopene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


ly·​co·​pene ˈlī-kə-ˌpēn How to pronounce lycopene (audio)
: a red pigment C40H56 isomeric with carotene that occurs in many ripe fruits (as the tomato)

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