Origin of carotenefrom Classical Latin carota, carrot + -ene
Origin of caroteneGerman Karotin from Latin carōta carrot ; see carrot .
- (organic chemistry) A class of tetraterpene plant pigments; they vary in colour from yellow, through orange to red, this colour originating in a chain of alternating single and double bonds.
- (organic chemistry) Specifically, a number of isomers of tetraterpene hydrocarbons, C40H56, (especially beta-carotene), present in carrots etc, which are converted into vitamin A in the liver.
From car(r)ot + -ene.