Biochem. a red, crystalline, carotenoid pigment, CH, that acts as an antioxidant: found in tomatoes, carrots, etc.
Origin of lycopenefrom lycop(in), earlier name ( from Modern Latin Lycopersicon, genus name of the tomato from Classical Greek lykos, wolf + persikos, peach) + -ene
A red carotenoid pigment, C40H56, found in plants such as tomatoes, watermelons, and papayas, and present in the blood and certain tissues of animals. It is used as a food coloring.
Origin of lycopeneAlteration of earlier lycopin New Latin Lycop(ersicon) tomato genus (Greek lukos wolf ; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.) (Greek persikon peach ) ( from persikē peach tree ; see peach 1. ) -in