zeaxanthin

noun

ze·​a·​xan·​thin ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən How to pronounce zeaxanthin (audio)
: 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 Protects Your Eyes Two pigments found in grapes, lutein and zeaxanthin, protect eye health. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 24 Dec. 2023 Based on these new findings, food sources of lycopene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) should have a place on your plate to support your brain health. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 28 Aug. 2023 Lutein and zeaxanthin are the yellow carotenoids found in corn and peppers. Janet Colson, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 Lutein and Zeaxanthin Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids, pigments that give fruits and vegetables bright colors. Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin found in carrots also enhance eye health. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 30 June 2023 Corn contains certain antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 The vegetable's lutein and zeaxanthin pigments protect the retina and eye lens. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 That's because of two important antioxidants that are not naturally produced in the body: lutein and zeaxanthin. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zeaxanthin was in 1929

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“Zeaxanthin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeaxanthin. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

zeaxanthin

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