Definition of lycopene
: a carotenoid pigment C40H56 that is the red coloring matter of the tomato
Recent Examples of lycopene from the Web
Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, has shown some evidence of reducing prostate cancer risks for men.
These enzymes are responsible for converting a pink pigment called lycopene into a yellow pigment called beta carotene—
On the strength of early studies suggesting an anti-cancer benefit, lycopene has become the nation’s fourt best-selling nutritional supplement.
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Origin and Etymology of lycopene
International Scientific Vocabulary lycop- (from New Latin Lycopersicon, genus of herbs) + -ene
First Known Use: circa 1929See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of lycopene
: a red pigment C40H56 isomeric with carotene that occurs in many ripe fruits (as the tomato)
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