zeaxanthin

noun
ze·​a·​xan·​thin | \ ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən How to pronounce zeaxanthin (audio) \

Definition of zeaxanthin

: a yellow crystalline carotenoid alcohol C40H56O2 that is isomeric with lutein and occurs especially in fruits and vegetables (such as kiwifruit and spinach) and egg yolks

Examples of zeaxanthin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's because of two important antioxidants that are not naturally produced in the body: lutein and zeaxanthin. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020 Eat Colorfully Leafy greens are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help protect vision. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Apr. 2020 Packed with vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and fiber, spinach is also an exceptionally rich source of three carotenoids — beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 21 Dec. 2019 There are some instances when supplemental lutein and zeaxanthin is in order. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019 Grapes protect healthy vision The lutein and zeaxanthin in grapes protect the retina and eye lens. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Almonds are the richest in vitamin E, and pistachios have lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids important for eye health. SELF, 8 Aug. 2019 Spinach is exceptionally rich in three carotenoids: beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2019 Protect against vision loss: Just one cup of kale has more than your whole day's worth of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which help shield ocular tissues from harmful UV damage and may reduce your risk of cataracts. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 17 Dec. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of zeaxanthin

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zeaxanthin

International Scientific Vocabulary zea- (from New Latin Zea) + xanthin carotenoid pigment, from xanth- + 1-in

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“Zeaxanthin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeaxanthin. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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zeaxanthin

noun
ze·​a·​xan·​thin | \ ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən How to pronounce zeaxanthin (audio) \

Medical Definition of zeaxanthin

: a yellow crystalline carotenoid alcohol C40H56O2 that is isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it and that is the chief pigment of yellow Indian corn

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