lycopene

noun
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, chicagotribune.com, 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, chicagotribune.com, 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, Health.com, 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, Health.com, 12 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lycopene.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Learn More About lycopene

Time Traveler for lycopene

Time Traveler

The first known use of lycopene was circa 1929

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lycopene

Lycodidae

lycopene

Lycoperdaceae

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lycopene

Last Updated

6 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lycopene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lycopene. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for lycopene

lycopene

noun
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)

More from Merriam-Webster on lycopene

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lycopene

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!