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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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 Watermelon also contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant that destroys free radicals and reduces inflammation. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Box of broth makes this dish great!," 19 June 2019 Essential nutrients such as lycopene, an antioxidant, were boosted. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "A New Green Revolution: Scientists Are Using CRISPR to Re-domesticate Fruits and Vegetables," 15 Apr. 2019 Blind tasting puts Louisville to the test Other sources of antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, the mineral selenium, and the phytochemical lycopene found in tomatoes. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Free radicals, antioxidants and why you should maybe drink more red wine," 5 Apr. 2018 Watermelon naturally contains antioxidants and free radical-fighting lycopene, a go-to ingredient for natural anti-aging skin care. Tara Paniogue,, "Watermelon for the skin: That's how K-beauty brand Glow Recipe proposes to get you ready for spring," 23 Mar. 2018 Look for red or pink varieties to get lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to have a role in cancer prevention and heart health., "Healthy family recipe: Grapefruit granita," 23 Feb. 2018 Spicy foods often contain tomatoes and peppers, which contain acidic lycopene that can be an irritant to some people, throwing off their skin's pH levels and triggering breakouts. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "13 Surprising Reasons You Keep Breaking Out," 20 Feb. 2018 Grape or cherry tomatoes have more lycopene and other phytonutrients per ounce than large tomatoes. Polly Campbell,, "Get the most out of your food with these tips," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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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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